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Susan Tepper has been a writer for twenty years and dear Petrov (Pure Slush Books, 2016) is her sixth book. An award-winning author, Tepper’s stories, poems, interviews and essays have been published worldwide. Her column ‘Let’s Talk’ runs monthly at Black Heart magazine. She is the founder and host of FIZZ, a reading series at KGB Bar, NYC, sporadically ongoing these past eight years. She lives in the New York area with her husband and her dog, Otis.

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Review of Susan Tepper’s dear Petrov —By Alex Pruteanu
I hesitate to call Susan Tepper’s dear Petrov (Pure Slush Books) a novel; if anything it reaches closest to that magical, ethereal and mysterious realm we call poetry, though I also hesitate to call the sixty-four connected, half-page pieces poems, for taken altogether, they construct a beautiful whole that can very well be a novel. And yet…I hesitate…yes, now I’m repeating, having thoroughly locked myself into a savagely incoherent loop. This is so mostly because this book defies a label, and any fool (like this one) who undertakes the futile task of reviewing Tepper’s offering will be left verbally challenged—doomed to spin his wheels in perpetuity, trapped in a circle of babbling nonsense as witnessed above. The closest we can come to pegging down dear Petrovis “a work of art.” READ MORE...

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Welcoming Susan Tepper – Dear Petrov

Susan Tepper is definitely one of the nicest people I’ve never met and is a wonderful supporter of other people’s work (here’s a brilliant interview I gave to her for Black Heart magazine). She’s a great writer too.
And she has a new book out, Dear Petrov, and it’s a delight to have her over here to talk about it. Over to Susan…

Susan Tepper’s dear Petrov is a collection of small stories written from an unnamed woman’s point of view. The reader is never sure that Petrov actually exists. And in the end it’s not important. What matters is that Tepper treats the reader to beautiful language expressing the hopes, fears and despair each of us wants to convey to another. And, as is the case in dear Petrov, that other may not exist. –Simon Perchik, author of Hands Collected

Reading Susan Tepper’s masterful flash fiction narrative, I am reminded of the great prose fabulists, and, at the same time, the surrealist poets. There is a strangeness here that is, somehow, through literary alchemy perhaps, comfortable, even welcoming. It’s a push-pull that is both ecstatic and melancholy. At one point she says, ‘Assuring myself I’ll soon be safely home. Dear Petrov I have never felt safe at home.’ Tepper is adept at these casual shifts. And all the shiny, elegant pieces of dear Petrov cohere: it’s novelistic, yet not a novella. And that is part of its wonder, part of its delight. Paraphrasing what Updike said of Calvino, ‘Susan Tepper dreams perfect dreams for us’. –Corey Mesler, author of Memphis Movie

These flash epistle pieces are micro masterpieces of metaphor, longing, and almost manic obsession. Tepper captures a woman’s obsession over the object of her affection, with an inspired flourish, that will haunt the reader long after he or she has turned over the last page.
– Doug Holder, Lecturer in Creative Writing, Endicott College

In Susan Tepper’s story collection dear Petrov, the writing transcends flash fiction and presents to the reader something humane and unforgettable. This book moved me in a way I haven’t been moved by fiction in many years. –James Claffey, author of Blood a Cold Blue

The shimmering gems that crystallize in Susan Tepper's dear Petrov are rich and deeply faceted. Connected fictions, this collection is bizarre and full of artistry, passion, and other-worldliness. You must not miss it. – Bonnie ZoBell, author of What Happened Here

Literary Orphans

It’s exciting to have your work nominated for honors, and it’s even better when you’re genuinely rooting for your competition to win even if you don’t. It’s like having two horses in the race for the price of a single bet. And while there are no sure things in the racing world, I bet you’ll enjoy Dear Petrov, Susan Tepper’s new book due out from Pure Slush on Groundhog Day this year. I recently had the opportunity to talk with Susan about her life and work. READ MORE...

Digging Through the Fat

Books to Love is a monthly column where we invite authors to introduce one of their books to our DIGGING readers. This month we invited Susan Tepper to chat about her new book, dear Petrov .—

In 10 words or less, give us a hint of the plot?

dear Petrov concerns a woman’s examination of her life & times. 

What words would you use to evoke images from your book?

A mountain, whisky, weaponry, sex, deprivations, a horse, lake, sage, bats, weeds, floorboards, battlefield, birches, blood, shadows.

What overall question or mystery will readers encounter?

Why do some people endure the insufferable and for how long can they endure?