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You remember that feeling that comes from a book of fiction that’s actually got an emotional risk in play? Like: it’s not just language, and it’s not just ideas—you can feel a level of blood+guts? That’s Making Nice: I teared up at the end, for how desperately Sumell’s trying to get Alby where he needs to go, and for how rawly clear Sumell—in prose that’s hilarious and both tender and tough perfectly equally—paints everything. It’s a ferocious, glorious book…

— CORDUROY BOOKS