Praise

“If, as I did, you grew up on the likes of UltramanZatoichi, and Godzilla, you’ll feel right at home with, but also challenged by, the stories in Where We Go When All We Were is Gone. It’s an exhilarating debut that serves up every guilty-pleasure pop-culture satisfaction one could hope for while simultaneously reframing and refashioning those familiar low-art joys into something singular, unanticipated, and entirely original.”  —Pinckney Benedict, author of Town Smokes and Miracle Boy

 

“Ghosts, Godzilla, shape shifters, sea creatures, snow babies; Sequoia Nagamatsu’s fantastical characters are nonetheless grounded in modern-day conflicts, creating a fascinating and haunting mix of science and myth, past and present. These are stories of gods and monsters walking among us, told with wit, longing, and wisdom.” —Timothy Schaffert, author of The Swan Gondola, an Oprah.com Book of the Week

 

“A combination of the mystical, magical, and marvelous, Sequoia Nagamatsu weaves a collection of bold, hysterical, and moving tales into an unforgettable debut. From shape-shifters, to star-makers, to babies made of snow, the characters in Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone form a community of longing, of the surreal, of wonder. What a joy it is to read each and every story.”
—Michael Czyzniejewski, author of I Will Love You for the Rest of My Life: Breakup Stories

 

“These stories deftly breathe new life into the myths and pop culture of an older Japan, bringing them into the modern world in unexpected ways. Atmospheric and a hell of a lot of fun. An addictive and compelling debut.” —Brian Evenson, author of Lords of Salem (as BK Evenson w/ Rob Zombie) and A Collapse of Horses

 

“Strange, subtle, emotionally resonant–Nagamatsu’s fiction is consistently excellent.”–Kij Johnson, Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award Winning author of The Fox Woman, Fudoki, and At the Mouth of the River of Bees

 

“The stories in Where We Go When All We Are is Gone make up a rich tangle of the familiar and beautifully new. These are bright inventions but they will also satisfy our longing for the stories we have always loved.” — Ramona Ausubel, author of No One is Here Except All of Us and A Guide to Being Born

 

“Sequoia Nagamatsu’s universe is one in which modern Japan and its ancient folklore play in the same delightful puddle. Creepy, unnerving, and full of heart, these tales of love and demons, death and Godzilla, loss and possibility, will creep into your dreams and enchant your imagination.” —Kelly Luce, author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail

 

“In the perfectly stirring stories of Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone,Sequoia Nagamatsu constructs a cartography of eye-stinging wonder with his fleet of wobbly wabi-sabi GPS syntax-spinning satellites. These fictions plot asymmetrically the raw terrain of the wasabi slathered human heart, leaving us lost in all our findings, the stunned state of boketto, empty yet teeming with that taste of awful awe.” — Michael Martone, author of Michael Martone and Winesburg, Indiana

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