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By Marc Parent

What could you write if not anyone knew who you were?

In the spirit of the demolition derby, the place drivers take heedless dangers with reckless abandon, welcome to the 1st convocation of the key Society of Demolition Writers. here's a special assortment via well-known authors writing anonymously–and dangerously. With the standard issues approximately reputations and renown solid apart, those twelve daredevils have each one contributed an severe, no-holds-barred unsigned tale, every one shining as brightly and urgently as possibility lights.

Unconventional and unapologetic, this publishing an identical of a whodunit positive factors an eclectic workforce of fictional characters, together with a delusional schizophrenic narrator, an egg donor with moment concepts approximately her choice, a pharmacist who types a unusual overwhelm on a lady who beat either one of her mom and dad to loss of life, and a bit woman who knows that an previous secure is the edge to a different, ghostly, international. both diversified and extraordinary are the authors themselves: Aimee Bender, Benjamin Cheever, Michael Connelly, Sebastian Junger, Elizabeth McCracken, Rosie O’Donnell, Chris Offutt, Anna Quindlen, John Burnham Schwartz, Alice Sebold, Lauren Slater, and Marc Parent, the editor of the gathering. by no means ahead of has this sort of wide-ranging and proficient team of authors been assembled to such explosive and unique effect.

The mystery Society of Demolition Writers is an fascinating puzzle in itself, yet it’s additionally an immense addition to the careers of a few of our most interesting storytellers–even if we by no means particularly understand who wrote what. Its boundary-smashing fiction bargains exhilarating evidence that for an artist, withholding your id can suggest gaining your freedom.

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