COMING MARCH 2012 FROM HOUSEFIRE PUBLISHING

AVAILABLE AT AWP 2012 IN CHICAGO

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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