a cloth house
“Simply put, A Cloth House will break your heart.”
- Sarah Rose Etter, Tongue Party
“Looking at Joseph Riippi — 6″4, wild hair, hands that eat mine in a handshake and a imposing presence — you would never suspect the sensitive, tender writing that flows from his prodigious mind…His work reminds me of the evocative work of certain directors like Terrence Malick…His attention to the details of small objects, seeing in them something always larger encompasses much of his works propulsive power.”
- Joe Winkler, Volume 1 Brooklyn
“A Cloth House is really a phenomenal read, a tight and interwoven novella that not only proves the worth and future value of Housefire Publishing but also gives Joseph Riippi an even broader hold in our contemporary lit scene, and should widen his already large readership.”
– JA Tyler, Monkeybicyle
“A Cloth House will put a death grip on your heartstrings. It’s a mystery that unravels on every page and, above all, a beautiful examination of the way our lives and memories are shaped, by love and anguish, birth and death, blessings and tragedies.”
– Thomas Michael Duncan, PANK Magazine
“In A Cloth House, Joseph Riippi creates a world that’s both soft and sharp, deftly examining the ways our tragedies shape us and the memories we invent to survive in the aftermath. Simply put, A Cloth House will break your heart.
– Sarah Rose Etter, Tongue Party
In A Cloth House, Joseph Riippi is alive to the modes of regret and tenderness that can exist at the same time, in the same person. His great talent is for dramatizing these modes with a purity that can make his readers feel as though they are watching a beloved film.
– Edward Mullany, If I Falter At The Gallows
Joseph Riippi knows what it’s like to be ‘the fat girl’ and he proves it in A Cloth House. He also proves that houses made of cloth (or any other ad-hoc tent or ‘fort’) is not enough to shield that girl from pain or to protect her from the things that she will lose.
- John Dermot Woods, The Complete Collection of People, Places & Things
With A Cloth House Joseph Riippi is here to remind us that our imaginations are as fragile as the pillow forts we built in our youth. And for the love of God, we’ll thank him for helping us think about those things that don’t hurt quite so much.
– Mark Cugini, Big Lucks
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