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Short stories by Jon Trobaugh

  • ISBN 978-1-61019-219-4
  • $8.00 US paperback
  • $0.99 US ebook coming Spring 2016

LANGUILLE is a triptych of mesmerizing stories. Each is told by a child struggling to shelter another, even more helpless, from a fraught situation that to them seems all-too normal. One boy has a crush on a new girl in town who disappears and turns up in a mess. Another tries to save his sister from a fire in a cemetery. And a girl resists adult efforts to rescue her from a civil defense emergency, because it would mean abandoning her pet rabbit. Told with the kind of sensory impact that can come only from painful honesty, these stories remind us how helpless and courageous — even misguided — we all can be.

Print copies are still available to order from our shop, hosted by Big Cartel. If you live in the USA and don’t want to use PayPal, you can send a check for $9 made out to “Folded Word” with “L’Anguille” in the comment line to: Folded Word, 79 Tracy Way, Meredith NH 03253.


JON TROBAUGH’s fiction appears in Another Chicago Magazine, Prime Number, and Monkey Bicycle Online, among other places. He is an Arkansan. This is his debut collection. To learn more, please visit him on Twitter @jontrobaugh.


“I’ll read whatever Jon Trobaugh publishes and LAnguille is certainly no exception. Dark, surprising, and rife with characters who must necessarily live and die in the shadows, on the margins. Trobaugh is fearless with gauche subject matter, leaves it all out in the open and exposed, no matter how sordid or unsettling the detail. All so we can meditate a little more on what exactly this human condition really is.”

Matt Rowan, author of Big Venerable and Why God Why


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