Love Songs for a Lost Continent


Anita Felicelli's award-winning debut short story collection Love Songs for a Lost Continent delivers a dazzling array of precisely drawn characters searching for identity in the seemingly narrow spaces of their everyday lives. From the glittering heat of India to the palm-lined streets of Silicon Valley, the backwoods of Kentucky to the vanilla-bean fields of Madagascar, immigrants, daughters, and lovers explore love, loss, and reinvention. Pre-order Love Songs at your local independent bookstore, directly from Stillhouse Press, or at Amazon and add it to your Goodreads shelf.  


Praise for Love Songs for a Lost Continent


“[This is] the book we needed to read yesterday… a book we will still be reading tomorrow.”

- Porochista Khakpour, author of Sick and Sons and Other Flammable Objects


Love Songs for a Lost Continent is an expansive, inventive meditation on the shifting landscape of identity, on how people can be shaped and reshaped by violence and power and love. Anita Felicelli has a singular eye for the moments that transfigure lives, and this tremendous debut collection announces the arrival of a stunning new voice.”

Laura van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel


Love Songs for a Lost Continent is the kind of work that we all need to be reading right now. Filled with heart and heat, these beautiful stories pursue and reinvent ideas of home and self in ways that push our national conversation on identity.”

- Bich Minh Nguyen, author of Pioneer Girl and Stealing Buddha’s Dinner


“How easily the fictions that a closed circle of people told each other could grow wings, take flight as if they were the truth,” declares “Deception,” the opening story in Anita Felicelli’s Love Songs for a Lost Continent. This logic penetrates the collection; paradigms topple and shift like dominoes as protagonists careen from displacement toward personal truth, each hoping they might find their way.

- Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers (Starred Review at Foreword Reviews)


Anita Felicelli

Anita Felicelli is the author of the short story collection Love Songs for a Lost Continent (Stillhouse Press), which won the 2016 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Her stories have appeared in The Normal School, Joyland, The Rumpus, Kweli Journal, Eckleburg, and elsewhere. Her essays, reviews, and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in the New York Times (Modern Love), Slate, Salon, SF Chronicle, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Babble, Romper, and Electric Literature. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and UC Berkeley School of Law, a member of the National Book Critics Circle, and a Voices of Our Nations alum. Her work has placed as a finalist in multiple Glimmer Train contests and received a Puffin Foundation grant, two Greater Bay Area Journalism awards, and Pushcart Prize nominations. She lives in the Bay Area with her family.




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