Marian Palaia

Marian Palaia

Marian Palaia’s novel, The Given World, was shortlisted for the Saroyan International Prize for fiction, longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for first novel, and recognized by Kirkus as a 2015 Best Novel. She lives in San Francisco, California, and in Missoula, Montana, with her Mongolian Barking Shepherd, Tupelo. She and Ted Kaczynski were neighbors in the early 1980s, when she was the littlest logger in Lincoln, Montana.

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A Startling Mosaic of a Life, a Country, a Continent

When we meet Bobo, who is Alexandra Fuller’s younger self in her memoir DON’T LET’S GO TO THE DOGS TONIGHT, it is very late, or very early, and she is in the loo. Her older sister Van is there with her, holding a candle, on the lookout for spiders, snakes, and scorpions, while Bobo pees. Bobo is maybe five, and has woken her sister instead of her parents to accompany her, because waking her parents might mean being mistaken for a “terrorist” and getting shot.

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