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Working Titles

Welcome to the Massachusetts Review's Working Titles! Working Titles are e-publications of prose too long for our print pages. Working Titles will be published bimonthly.

Working Titles are now available on Weightless Books, a local, independent e-book distributor. You can also find all of our Working Titles may be purchased as Kindle Singles or Kobo.

Working Titles are made possible with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Five Colleges, Inc., and the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, as well as private donors.

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"Cape Cod begins with a shipwreck."

So begins Michael Thurston's new e-book, retracing the steps of Henry David Thoreau's famous walk, while seeing anew the Cape as it is today. Knowing that the Cape is more than tourist-riddled beaches and overpriced ice cream, Thurston instead combines travel writing and literary criticism to reveal the unfamiliar contours of a popular tourist destination. He takes us along two centuries of the shore, reconsidering the dreadful shipwreck of the St. John in the 19th century, and examining the pliability of a hand-painted postcard. Featuring artists like Joel Meyerwitz and Edward Hopper, to statesman John Hay and cinematographer Robert Richardson. Cape Cod, Revisited is more than a beach read; it's a tapestry of geological history, personal memoir, and Thoreau's transcendent ability to measure that line between the beach and the boundless sea.

Read an excerpt here, or buy on Amazon, Kobo, and Weightless Books.

Michael Thurston lives in Northampton, MA, and teaches at Smith College. He is the author of Houses From Another Street (Levellers 2019) and of several books and numerous essays on modern poetry and fiction.

Russ Rymer has been awarded the 2013 Ed Cunningham Award for Best Magazine Reporting from Abroad by the Overseas Press Club, for his article about Vanishing Languages in National Geographic. He has contributed articles to major magazines and newspapers and written two non-fiction books. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published his first novel, Paris Twilight, in July, 2013.

Working Titles Currently Available

Working Title 1.3: Tomorrow We Never Did Talk About It

a story by Eduardo Halfon, translated by Anne McLean

Working Title 1.4: Emergency Exit

a story by Carissa Halston

Working Title 1.5: Strange Mercies

a story by Pete Duval

Working Title 1.6: Just Another Jihadi Jane

a novel excerpt by Tabish Khair

Working Title 1.7: Ambrosia

a story by Lee Upton

Working Title 2.2: Time Served

an essay by J. Malcolm Garcia

Working Title 2.3: The Leader

a story by Nouri Zarrugh

Working Title 3.1: Table for One

A story by Yun Ko Eun, translated by Lizzie Buehler

On the Quay at Smyrna (Working Title 3.2)

a novella by Margot Demopoulos

The Tombs of Guy Debord

An Essay by Jean-Marie Apostolidès, translated by Laure Katsaros and Rene Kooiker

Night Hands

Jen Cross

AMOUR: Fields of Battle, Fields of Love

Véronique Tadjo, translated by Carolyn Shread

Silence Like Blood

Marie-Célie Agnant, translated by Dawn Fulton


Michael Thurston

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