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Christopher Coake is the author of the novel You Came Back (Grand Central Publishing, 2012) and the story collection We’re in Trouble (Harcourt, 2005), which won the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for a first work of fiction. His new collection, You Would Have Told Me Not To, will be published in 2020 by Delphinium. In 2007 he was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists.


His short fiction has been anthologized in collections such as Best American Mystery Stories 2004The Best American Noir of the Century; and Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories; and has been published in numerous literary journals. A native of Indiana, Coake received his MFA in fiction from the Ohio State University and his MA in fiction from Miami University of Ohio. He is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he directs the MFA program in creative writing. He lives in Reno with his wife, Stephanie Lauer, and their two dogs. 

Photo:  Theresa Danna-Douglas

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You Came Back

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Advance Praise
You Would Have Told Me Not To

"Only Christopher Coake could have shown us so clearly the true range of the human heart, and infused these tales—centered on the relationships that both define and destroy us—with such yearning and dread. The stories collected here are contemporary and urgent and are classics of the form."

David Treuerauthor of The heartbeat of Wounded Knee

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