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ALL MUST GO: Stories by Kevin Sterne

$14.00 / Coming Soon


RELEASE DATE: September 15, 2020

Jerry writes letters to his dead mother. He battles a haunted radiator. He falls off a roof. He visits the state fair and drinks all his sister’s hairspray. His best friend, the Desperate House Guy, bounces from job to job doing you-name-it for Chicago’s wealthy while finding his way in and out of his own problems. Meanwhile, a Swiss widower mourns his wife, a famous body builder, while the local dumpster diver robs a Starbucks and a boy hunts for Sasquatch. Everything is on the table in these 18 stories, especially the drugs and alcohol. Tell your sisters, tell your friends, tell your neighbors, and wake your dad, because ALL MUST GO.



“If Raymond Carver and Denis Johnson co-wrote Waiting for Godot while snorting a few lines of Salvador Dali’s ashes, the result might look something like All Must Go. This collection is as sad and funny and strange and fucked up and loveable as its characters. Kevin Sterne is the real deal.”—JENNIFER WORTMAN, author of This. This. This. Is. Love. Love. Love.

“If you read this: Hans is selling his dead wife’s bodybuilding stuff. Not just the dumbbells, but also her leotards, trophies, even the newspaper of when she squatted a minivan in ’97, and want the next paragraph, that means you are like me. And if you are like me, [All Must Go] is for you. This is the familiar and beleaguered north side—not just blue hats—this is my north side, and I love it”—ALEX HIGLEY, author of Old Open

“Kevin Sterne delivers the kind of Americana that invites you into a living room with matching La-Z-Boys and offers you the ashtray.”—AMANDA ROZMER, author of A Few Tall Drinks of Water


196 pages // Paperback


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KEVIN STERNE is the author of From Your Jerry (No Rest Press, 2019) and I’ve Done Worse (Long Day Press, 2017). His fiction has appeared at The Nervous Breakdown, Maudlin House, SmokeLong Quarterly, and other places. He lives in Chicago, and hosts the monthly Test Literary Series at The Whistler in Logan Square.