Dear Patrons of the Arts,


This here is Matthew Salesses, the author of Nouvella’s debut novella, The Last Repatriate. This photo was taken back in 2006 in a folk village in Korea as Matt peered out from behind a folk sculpture. Nowadays he lives in Boston with his wife and new baby Grace (see all the sweetness below), where he writes, edits, and fathers.


I first came across Matt when he submitted to Flatmancrooked back in 2009 and we accepted his stories “How to be a Cannibal” and “Cannibals on a Yacht” for the Anthology of Great New Writing Done During An Economic Depression. Now, in the spirit of full disclosure, I ought to say this: I am a somewhat reluctant reader of satire and fabulism. I need periodic reminders, an occasional heated convincing. Coming across Matt’s stories—that is, two linked pieces about of a bunch penitent cannibals struggling to stay off the flesh—was just that: proof that satire, at the full range of its power, is sympathetic, and its characters human. His knack for the bizarre, tinged with humor and sadness, was further demonstrated with the release of Our Island of Epidemics from PANK last year.


Indeed, over the last few years, it has been this sincerity present in the range of Matt’s work (and this range is an impressive, far-reaching one) that has me convinced of his remarkable talent. That, and his work is brave. Having read much of it, loss (often of the heaviest varieties) occupies the forefront—calmly, in a way that defies sentimentality and still breaks you. This is what I mean: How to Plant a Dog; Witness, 2010; and The Last Seal Pup; The Literary Review. A full list of his publications can be found on his website.


I approached Matt about his novella back in the spring of 2010. A good year and a half later, I am thrilled to announce the release of The Last Repatriate.



In 1953, after the end of the Korean War, 23 POWs refused to repatriate to America. The Last Repatriate tells the story of Theodore Dickerson, a prisoner who eventually returns to his home in Virginia in the midst of the McCarthy Era. He is welcomed back as a hero, though he has not returned unscathed. The lasting effects of the POW camp and troubles with his ex-fiancée complicate his new marriage as he struggles to readjust to the Virginia he holds dear.


Read an excerpt from Part II.


Advanced Praise:


“A harrowing story rendered in balletic prose, The Last Repatriate draws us inside a war of the body and of the heart—a confirmation of Salesses’ inventive, ambitious, big-hearted brilliance.”

Laura van den Berg, author of What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us


“Matthew Salesses is a writer to embrace. In their beauty, strangeness, and heart, his fictions are a gift.”

Paul Yoon, author of Once the Shore


“Salesses’ examination of the troubled mind of a Korean War POW returning home is pensive and brooding. A subtly painful psychological journey.”

James Franco, author of Palo Alto



For the week of October 25th through November 1st, 400 “shares” in Matt’s budding career will be made available for purchase for $15. Each share entitles the investor to one of five hundred limited edition, numbered and signed copies of The Last Repatriate and a hand-written thank you note from the author. After November 1st, the physical book will be available exclusively at select events (such as AWP and a release party in Boston). Once it’s sold out, it’s sold out; otherwise, the title will be available as an e-book formatted for Kindle, iPad, Nook and other reading devices.


Matt’s got an exciting career ahead of him. This is your chance to get a special piece of it. I think you should. I do. And Grace agrees.


Thank you for your support.









on November 2nd.