Chronicling five years of a troubled romance,This Is Between Us offers an intimate view of one couple’s struggle—from the illicit beginnings of sexual obsession to the fragile architecture of a pieced-together family. Full of sweet moments, emotional time bombs, unexpected humor, and blunt sexuality, the daily life of this man and woman, both recently divorced, with children and baggage in tow, emerges in all of its complexity. In this utterly engrossing debut novel, Kevin Sampsell delivers a confessional tale of love between two resilient people who have staked their hearts on each other.
Join Jason Squamata, Pat Janowski, Mark Savage, and Kevin Sampsell himself as they climb between the sheets of an intimate modern novel.
What happens in the Book Circle stays in the Book Circle. In conversations like this, fiction gets naked like a memoir. Kevin discusses the lines between art and life, composition and collage in his roles as author, artist, and publisher. The world is free to listen in, but This is Between Us, an author interview with Kevin Sampsell.
Kevin Sampsell is the author of the memoir, A Common Pornography (2010 Harper Perennial), and the short story collections, Creamy Bullets (Chiasmus) and Beautiful Blemish (Word Riot) and the editor of the anthology, Portland Noir (Akashic). Sampsell is the publisher of the micropress, Future Tense Books, which he started in 1990. He has worked at Powell’s Books as an events coordinator and the head of the small press section since 1998. His essays have appeared in Salon, The Faster Times, Jewcy, and The Good Men Project. His fiction has been published in McSweeney’s, Nerve, Hobart, and in several anthologies. His novel, This is Between Us, will publish with Tin House Books in November. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and son.