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I am delighted to announce that the sequel to Union Square, Miraculous Medal, has been accepted for publication by Apprentice House Press, and will be published in May 2020. 

Beatriz Copello reviewed Union Square in the October issue of Maggie Ball's wonderful Compulsive Reader review site. 


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Praise for Union Square


"I loved this book. It is flat-out the best thing I’ve read in several years, and that includes a number of award-winning novels. I hardly know how to describe the experience of reading it. Koesters reminds me  of Virginia Woolf in her atmospheric power and ability to convey interiority, of Hemingway in her clarity and punch, and, once-in-a-lovely-while, of Cormac McCarthy in her syntactic drive and her swooping dives into metaphysical brooding. She gets everybody, from cocky-but-yearning teenage boys to psychically shattered, violent young men to snarky, guilty old pedophiles to heartbreakingly innocent young girls torn between desire and God. Really—if you have another novel you’ve started, put it aside and read this one. The other one will wait. This one will pin you to the wall.

-Kent Meyers, author of Twisted  Tree 

"Brilliant, disturbing, sad and maybe full of hope. [...] A novel not to be forgotten, for any of us."

-Judith Shadford

Praise for Three Days with the Long Moon
"The long moon that Adrian Koesters invokes in her powerful second collection pulls at every best-laid intention and barely-contained desire. The abiding theme here is control and the allure of losing it. Constrained  by a variety of forms, speaking through characters who wear the nun’s habit or the invisibility of middle age, these poems voice an insatiable hunger for the forbidden, the unavailable, the irretrievable. Koesters’ lines are tense and alive, as intimate as love letters. Three Days with  the Long Moon is a thrilling read."

—Kathleen Flenniken, author of Famous and Plume

Praise for Many Parishes

"Koesters’ Many Parishes  is an original. The poems seem to smack the hard-ass contemporary world  up against a deep spiritual sense, until we see they’re one and the same."

— Fleda Brown, author of No Need of Sympathy

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