Broken Bottles (Paperback)

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After growing up with an alcoholic mother and an intermittent stepfather, Alex pines for connection, even as he sabotages his life with substances, and substitutes one failed relationship for the next. Shuffling from troubled home to chaotic institution, he narrates his strange search through Chicago's gritty gutters and lonely lakefront spaces with a voice that is clear, honest--and unforgettable.

Anthony Koranda's debut Broken Bottles is earning comparisons to Denis Johnson and Nelson Algren. It's a searing debut destined for a space among the classics of Chicago literature--a story both strange and familiar about one person's path through the chaos of youth, in a quest for acceptance and hope.

About the Author

Anthony Koranda is a writer and educator who lives in Chicago with his wife and dog. He received a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago. His writing has appeared Allium, A Journal of Poetry and Prose, Sobotka Literary Magazine, Cowboy Jamboree, Hair Trigger, Arkansan Review, Potato Soup Journal, The Magnolia Review, Barren Magazine, and Into the Void Magazine, among others. Find him online at
Product Details
ISBN: 9781948954730
ISBN-10: 1948954737
Publisher: Tortoise Books
Publication Date: April 4th, 2023
Pages: 184
Language: English