Reading We Will Listen For You is an invitation to look beyond the stone walls of churches and gape in wonder at the world and the unknowable vistas beyond.
– New Jersey Monthly
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“The spare prose of We Will Listen for You reveals a world already stripped down to its bones, but still Nick Ripatrazone’s characters seek ever deeper truths, the secret knowledge that might lie hidden just out of sight, deeper within the body of that world, underneath the skin, within the blood, in whatever chamber our truer selves might hide.”
—Matt Bell, author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods
“Nick Ripatrazone’s new novel elapses with the singular lyric intensity of a drone or an arch-angel honing in on its mark. With the lightest of strokes, he limns a drama at once domestic and profound, as recognizable as a trip to Wal-Mart, as lonely as the courtyard where Peter heard the cock crow, as profound as any winter dawn where white light sticks to the ground. I held my breath as I watched him pull off this exacting, ariel feat.”
—Joyelle McSweeney, author of Salamandrine: 8 Gothics
“We Will Listen for You captures the contradictions, paradoxes, and inherent conflicts of Catholicism for many a parishioner—the shunned priest, the heretic, the jaded believer. More than that, this book makes of faith’s blind violence a true body, and new blood. In clipped lines of prose—poetry—Ripatrazone chants a hymn of country decimation, a modern barn burning.”
—Jamie Iredell, author of I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac
“There is a spell-like quality to Nick Ripatrazone’s We Will Listen for You. Or maybe one should say a religious chant. Give in to it. Let it teach you to have faith in a good, hard-won sentence. This is a writer you can trust with the truth.”
—Matthew Salesses, author of I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying
NICK RIPATRAZONE most recent book is This Darksome Burn, a novella (Queen’s Ferry Press). He is also the author of the forthcoming Good People, a story collection (Foxhead Books). His previous books include two books of poetry, Oblations and This is Not About Birds, both from Gold Wake Press, and The Fine Delight, a book of literary criticism on contemporary Catholic literature (Cascade Books). He is a staff writer for The Millions. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, The Kenyon Review, and Shenandoah.