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Sleepovers is the winner of the 2019 C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize, selected by Lauren Groff.

In Sleepovers, Ashleigh Bryant Phillips’s elegant and mesmerizing début story collection, she writes about pockets of life that aren’t so commonly chronicled. Her stories are brimming with dark and romantic details, the sorts of things that only a vigilant witness would note. —Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker


These stories derive their power from an almost unbearable dramatic irony and an equally deep hunger for human connection and compassion. Most of all, however, I responded to a palpable sense of fearlessness. I see in this collection a steely writer, one deeply moved by her place and her people, but also fully committed to the truth no matter how dark or difficult or complicated it may be.  —Lauren Groff, author of Florida


Phillips is working in Denis Johnson territory, or maybe Howard Finster territory, in these stories, bringing us the news we can sense but never quite see. —Wendy Brenner, author of Phone Calls from the Dead


Like me, I’m sure you will also feel like you’re sitting on a porch listening to these stories, knowing they’re being told to you out of necessity from an urgent and generous place. —Steven Dunn, author of Water & Power


I can’t remember a time when I’ve read a story collection so funny and sad and lyrical, all at the same time. In Sleepovers, Ashleigh Bryant Phillips gives us a book that’s so much more than a story collection. It’s a wild place we haven’t been to before. And it isn’t the South, or rural North Carolina, but a brand new place we can call ‘Ashleigh Bryant Phillips.’ This book is haunted. —Scott McClanahan, The Sarah Book


With Sleepovers, Phillips has intimately given us an entirely new way of seeing traditional life in small-town America. —Rebecca Lee, author of Bobcat and Other Stories


Sleepovers is told with the excitement and candor you associate with the word, exploring how community mends the banally mauled among us. —Michael Mungiello, Full Stop


Imagine you are on a trip through the Carolinas. Strangers at bus stations, breakfast counters, roadhouses all tell you stories, some long, some short, some lucid, some loony. This is the experience of reading Ashleigh Bryant Phillips’s debut collection, Sleepovers. Narrators confess, reminisce, and gossip with an openness and assumed absolution rarely found outside of nameless encounters. —Lauren Kane, The Paris Review