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)


"Felicelli has that rare and wonderful quality as a writer: she doesn’t require each story to end neatly, letting the lingering frustration and injustice remain in a reader’s mind, just as they would outside the bounds of fiction...By attempting to get at the heart of painful spaces, by exploring the complex realities of her characters, and by refusing to let any of them emerge from a history-less vacuum, Felicelli seems to be asking us to pause, to consider, to try to understand those around us."

- Ilana Masad, Los Angeles Review of Books 


"Felicelli creates a kind of conversation with the reader, allowing one to submerge into her fictional worlds and then return to the surface with new understandings about the world we live in today."

- S. Kirk Walsh, SF Chronicle


"Anita Felicelli’s best stories are her boldest."

- Rumaan Alam, NY Times


"At last, someone is telling our stories in a unique and interesting way."

- Shikha Malaviya, India Currents


Anita Felicelli

Anita Felicelli is the author of CHIMERICA: A NOVEL (forthcoming from WTAW Press) and the short story collection LOVE SONGS FOR A LOST CONTINENT (Stillhouse Press), which won the 2016 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Anita's stories have appeared in The Normal School, Joyland, The Rumpus, Kweli Journal, Eckleburg, and elsewhere. Her essays, reviews, and criticism have appeared in the New York Times (Modern Love), Slate, Salon, SF Chronicle, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Babble, Romper, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She graduated from UC Berkeley and UC Berkeley School of Law. She is 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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