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What’s Your Exit?

“New Jersey is a lot bigger in the American imagination than it is in acreage, and What’s Your Exit? may be the first book to do it justice. Here you’ll find its darkness and its light, its pleasures and its dangers, its come-ons and its comebacks. Even if you’ve never set foot in the state, you owe yourself this armchair trip.” -Luc Sante, author of Low Life and Kill All Your Darlings

Cover design by David Barringer, photos by Lauren Vallese

What’s Your Exit? A Literary
Detour Through New Jersey

Edited by Joe Vallese and Alicia A. Beale
$25 | 326 pages | 6″ x 9″
ISBN: 978-0-9779343-5-5

Direct from publisher: $20 (includes S&H)

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About the book:

The Turnpike. The Parkway. The Shore. Malls. Mobsters.

Bad accents. No other state in America elicits reaction quite like New Jersey. Though the Garden State has risen to the top of pop culture consciousness, its significant and diverse literary culture has gone sorely under the radar—until now.

What’s Your Exit? A Literary Detour Through New Jersey is a collection of contemporary fiction, poetry, and essay inspired by a place that piques the curiosity of all who have set foot in it . . . and those who haven’t. Themes of family, friendship, sex, love, fear, nostalgia, and longing populate this anthology, which features forty-nine writers whose visions of the Jersey landscape are as eclectic and beautiful, and as unnerving and bold as the place that unites them.


Susanne Antonetta, Alicia A. Beale, Jason Biggs, Laura Boss, Susan Briante, Darin Ciccotelli, Jackie Corley, Dave Della Fera, Louise DeSalvo, Mary DiLucia, Lorraine Doran, Denise Gess, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Edvige Giunta, Josh Goldfaden, Stuart Greenhouse, John Hennessy, Mark Hillringhouse, James Hoch, Erica Kaufman, Lee Klein, Jeffrey Ethan Lee, J. Robert Lennon, Paul Lisicky, Timothy Liu, Farid Matuk, Joyce Carol Oates, Alicia Ostriker, Tom Perrotta, Robert Pinsky, Dominic Preziosi, James Richardson, Michael Aaron Rockland, Susan Fox Rogers, Dan Rosenberg, Sandy Solomon, Donna Steiner, Gerald Stern, Jackson Taylor, JC Todd, Ed Valentine, Joe Vallese, Timmy Waldron, BJ Ward, Joe Weil, Sung J. Woo, Linda Woolford and Marion Wrenn


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Press Coverage

Literary Jersey: a look at the state’s most famous characters and locations
(Vicki Hyman/The Star-Ledger — March 15, 2010)
NJ anthology packed with local novelists, poets, essayists
(Caren Matzner/Hudson Reporter)
Beach Reads by New Jersey Authors for the Summer of 2010
(Deborah P. Carter & Jen A. Miller/New Jersey Monthly)