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If You Were With Me Everything Would Be All Right and other stories

“There is a sly eye winking and a generous heart beating in every one of Ken Harvey’s delicious stories. Each is an ode to the apologetic love on thin ice that I treasure most on the page. What a find, and what a treat.”

--Elinor Lipman, author of The Inn at Lake Divine and The Family Man

“With humor and grace, Ken Harvey dissects the connective tissue between friends and lovers, parents and children. He knows the precise spot where joy and sorrow meet in the walls and chambers of the human heart. He knows that the ending of one story can be a bridge to the next. And he writes like an angel. What a wonderful debut.”
--Mameve Medwed, author of Of Men and Their Mothers and How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life

“Ken Harvey’s quirky characters find themselves always in the act of finding themselves -- becoming, suffering, learning, changing. These are stories with heart, stories that matter. Read them for their craft, read them for their pitch-perfect prose, for their characters, for their sometimes hilarious, sometimes heart-rending predicaments -- but read them!”
--Richard Hoffman, author of Half the House: A Memoir and Interference

“Ken Harvey’s wonderful stories explore the complexities of contemporary life with remarkable compassion, humor, and wisdom. His range and talent are evident on every page. This book is a delightful debut from a very accomplished writer.”
--Helen Fremont, author of After Long Silence: A Memoir

“These are gorgeous, heartfelt, mesmerizing stories. In fact, so much so that when I finished Ken Harvey’s book, I was faced with a major dilemma: Should I go right out and start buying copies for my friends or turn back to the beginning read all thirteen stories again?”
--Claire Cook, author of Must Love Dogs and Seven Year Switch

“By turns funny and moving, sweet and bracing, Ken Harvey’s stories are full of what one of his lovable characters calls 'the soft and distant thump of life.' A pleasure to read this talented debut collection.”
--Phil Gambone, author of The Language We Use Up Here and Bejing

"The originality of Ken Harvey’s vision, the deceptive clarity of his style, and the timelessness of these stories’ themes literally took our committee’s collective breath away.”
--David Rosen, in an interview about Ken winning the Violet Quill Award

“This collection of Ken Harvey’s short stories is one of those small press jewels that serves as the best argument for the existence of the small press.”
--Lambda Book Report

“Excellent... Ken Harvey delves into the issues of relationships, family, child-rearing and mortality with a new freshness that makes one eager for more of his work.”
--TLA Books

“A book that is hugely deserving of its award, if you were with me everything would be all right now deserves a correspondingly huge readership.”
--Echo Magazine

Ken Harvey “writes within the best tradition of American story-telling... describes society objectively, even in its distortions. He does this without forgetting that although cruelty is part of this world, it isn’t life’s sole protagonist.”
--commentary from the Italian translation of Ken’s collection of short stories, Ragazzo di zucchero