By Marc Parent

What could you write if nobody knew who you were?

In the spirit of the demolition derby, the place drivers take heedless hazards with reckless abandon, welcome to the 1st convocation of the key Society of Demolition Writers. here's a extraordinary assortment by means of well-known authors writing anonymously–and dangerously. With the standard matters approximately reputations and renown forged apart, those twelve daredevils have each one contributed an severe, no-holds-barred unsigned tale, each one shining as brightly and urgently as threat lights.

Unconventional and unapologetic, this publishing similar of a whodunit positive factors an eclectic team of fictional characters, together with a delusional schizophrenic narrator, an egg donor with moment options approximately her selection, a pharmacist who kinds a unusual weigh down on a girl who beat either one of her mom and dad to dying, and a bit woman who is familiar with that an previous secure is the brink to a different, ghostly, global. both various and spectacular are the authors themselves: Aimee Bender, Benjamin Cheever, Michael Connelly, Sebastian Junger, Elizabeth McCracken, Rosie O’Donnell, Chris Offutt, Anna Quindlen, John Burnham Schwartz, Alice Sebold, Lauren Slater, and Marc Parent, the editor of the gathering. by no means prior to has this kind of wide-ranging and gifted crew of authors been assembled to such explosive and unique effect.

The mystery Society of Demolition Writers is an fascinating puzzle in itself, yet it’s additionally a big addition to the careers of a few of our best storytellers–even if we by no means particularly recognize who wrote what. Its boundary-smashing fiction bargains exhilarating evidence that for an artist, withholding your id can suggest gaining your freedom.

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