“As hot and wild and dangerous as our beloved (or is it bedeviled?) state, itself.” –LAUREN GROFF, Fates & Furies

“As weird and funny and beautiful and unnerving as you might expect from some of our state’s best writers.”
–KAREN RUSSELL, Swamplandia!

We Can’t Help It If We’re From Florida:
New Stories from a Sinking Peninsula

edited by Shane Hinton


Release date: November 7, 2017
Hardcover // 200 pgs // $24
ISBN: 978-1-941681-87-9
LCCN: 2016957443
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Featuring new work by: Lidia Yuknavitch, Sarah Gerard, Kevin Moffett, Laura van den Berg, Lindsay Hunter, John Brandon, Jaquira Díaz, Alissa Nutting & so many more!

Florida is more than just fodder for hard-boiled crime novels and zany farces. This anthology of new stories and essays challenges a star-studded line up of current and former Floridians to write about the state through a literary lens, though not without the requisite weirdness. The Florida within this book contains: lightning, oil spills, road rage, a lizard tied to a balloon, swimmers, sleepwalkers, characters that love Florida, characters that hate Florida, and at least three sinkholes.

“A heartfelt, complex counter to all those #FloridaMan jokes.”
–KIRKUS REVIEWS

“Vivid scenes in each piece provide both nostalgic and newly discovered images of Florida’s landscape and culture.” –FOREWORD REVIEWS

We Can’t Help It If We’re From Florida is as hot and wild and dangerous as our beloved (or is it bedeviled?) state, itself. While no book could ever fully explain the mysteries of today’s Sunshine State, this smart chorus of varied and brilliant voices comes as close as any I’ve read.” –LAUREN GROFF, Fates & Furies

“A geographic mixtape that spans the Panhandle to Key West, here is that uniquely Floridian madness as seen from the eye of the hurricane. Thank God, here’s something Florida can feel proud to have produced. New work that’s as weird and funny and beautiful and unnerving as you might expect from some of our state’s best writers. Whether you grew up on the Gulf or are still repressing a lost weekend in Daytona, you’ll nd plenty to enjoy here.” –KAREN RUSSELL, Swamplandia!

Floridian Shane Hinton, editor of the new anthology, We Can’t Help It If We’re From Florida, travels the country for readings with writers who’ve tried to escape the clutches of the sinking peninsula.

2/18 NEW YORK
WITH SARAH GERARD, JEFF PARKER & MICHAEL J. SEIDLINGER
7pm @ KGB Bar
85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003
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2/20 AMHERST
WITH JEFF PARKER
7pm @ Amherst Books
8 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002
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2/22 LOS ANGELES
WITH KEVIN MOFFETT & NATHAN DEUEL
7pm @ Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
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2/24 PORTLAND
WITH LIDIA YUKNAVITCH & ASHA DORE
@ Independent Publishing Resource Center
318 SE Main St #155, Portland, OR 97214
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