Leigh Newman: Nobody Gets Out Alive

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 7:00pm

Please join Barrett Bookstore for a live, in-person Book Club event featuring author Leigh Newman and her gorgeous story collection, Nobody Gets Out Alive. The evening will feature conversation with the author, food, and drink; all are welcome!

Tickets are required for attendance and include a copy of Leigh's book, wine, and light bites. Please note, tickets are limited and this page will be updated when they are sold out. 

Your purchase of Leigh's book via this link = your ticket. Please choose "in-store pickup" of your book and a copy will be held for you at the front counter. You can purchase your book ticket HERE.


Named a MOST ANTICIPATED book by VogueLiterary HubThe MillionsGood Housekeeping, and Oprah Daily

From the ​prizewinning, debut fiction author: an exhilarating virtuosic story collection about women navigating the wilds of male-dominated Alaskan society.

Set in Newman’s home state of Alaska, Nobody Gets Out Alive is a collection of dazzling, courageous stories about women struggling to survive not just grizzly bears and charging moose but the raw, exhausting legacy of their marriages and families. In “Howl Palace”—winner of The Paris Review’s Terry Southern Prize, a Best American Short Story, and Pushcart Prize selection—an aging widow struggles with a rogue hunting dog and the memories of her five ex-husbands while selling her house after bankruptcy. In the title story, “Nobody Gets Out Alive,” newly married Katrina visits her hometown of Anchorage and blows up her own wedding reception by flirting with the host and running off with an enormous mastodon tusk.

Alongside stories set in today’s Last Frontier—rife with suburban sprawl, global warming, and opioid addiction—Newman delves into remote wilderness of the 1970s and 80s, bringing to life young girls and single moms in search of a wilder, freer, more adventurous America. The final story takes place in a railroad camp in 1915, where an outspoken heiress stages an elaborate theatrical in order to seduce the wife of her husband’s employer, revealing how this masterful storyteller is “not only writing unforgettable, brilliantly complex characters, she’s somehow inventing souls” (Kimberly King Parsons, author of Black Light).


Leigh Newman is the author of Still Points North, a memoir about growing up in Alaska which was a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle’s John Leonard Prize. Her stories have appeared in Harper’sThe Paris ReviewTin HouseMcSweeney’s Quarterly ConcernOne Story, and Electric Literature. In 2020, she was awarded The Paris Review’s Terry Southern Prize, a Best American Short Story, a Pushcart Prize, and an American Society of Magazine Editors’ Fiction Prize for her work in The Paris Review.

Nobody Gets Out Alive: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982180300
Published: Scribner - April 12th, 2022

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