Anne de Marcken with Stacey Levine — 'It Lasts Forever and Then It's Over'

Co-winner of the 2022 Novel Prize, this incredible life-after-death novel asks us to consider how much of our memory, of our bodies, of the world as we know it—how much of what we love can we lose before we are lost? And then what happens?

Third Place Books is thrilled to welcome Olympia's Anne de Marcken to our Ravenna store! de  Marcken will be discussing her  new novel, It Lasts Forever and Then It's Over, co-winner of the 2022 Novel Prize, presented by New Directions (US), Fitzcarraldo  Editions (UK),  and Giramondo (AU). de Marcken will be joined in conversation by Stacey Levine, author of Mice 1961. This event is free and open to the public. 

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About It Lasts Forever and Then It's Over. . .

This third perspective on myself is disconcerting. 

The heroine of the spare and haunting It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over is voraciously alive in the afterlife. Adrift yet keenly aware, she notes every bizarre detail of her new reality. And even if she has forgotten her name and much of what connects her to her humanity, she remembers with an implacable and nearly unbearable longing the place where she knew herself and was known—where she loved and was loved. Traveling across the landscapes of time and of space, heading always west, and carrying a dead but laconically opinionated crow in her chest, our undead narrator encounters and loses parts of her body and her self in one terrifying, hilarious, and heartbreaking situation after another. 

A bracing writer of great nerve and verve, Anne de Marcken bends reality (and the reader’s mind) with throwaway assurance. It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over plumbs mortality and how it changes everything, except possibly love. Delivering a near-Beckettian whopping to the reader’s imagination, this is one of the sharpest and funniest novels of recent years, a tale for our dispossessed times.


Praise for The Final Case. . .

"De Marcken never loses sight of the grand themes of life, death, and decay, as the narrator riffs cleverly on the nature of her condition (‘Zombies used to be drug addicts, television watchers, videogame players. Now zombies are zombies. Consumers are consumers’). It amounts to a sharp and weighty depiction of what does and doesn’t make someone human."
Publishers Weekly

"Anne de Marcken must write in a charmed ink that first erases the line between the living and the dead, and then — with prose as elegant as it is spooked — tells the story of what lies underneath. I have never read anything like this brilliant debut."
Sabrina Orah Mark

"Astounding, inventive, and utterly original, Anne de Marcken has written a freakish classic with wisdom to spare about life, death, and the eerily vast space between. I was absolute putty in this book’s hands."
Alexandra Kleeman

"It Lasts Forever is sad, shocking, funny, prophetic, visceral, and deeply human. From amid the dislocations, the lacerations, a profound meditation arises. Highly recommended."
Jeff VanderMeer

Anne de Marcken is a writer and interdisciplinary artist. Winner of The Novel Prize, It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over is her debut novel, published simultaneously by New Directions (US), Fitzcarraldo Editions (UK) and Giramondo (AU). She is also author of the lyric novella, The Accident: An Account (Spuyten Duyvil, 2020), and her writing has been featured in Best New American Voices, Ploughshares, Narrative, Entropy, Glimmer Train, Southern Indiana Review, on NPR’s Selected Shorts and elsewhere. She has received fellowship and award recognition for her work across disciplines in film, site-specific installation and writing. Anne is the founding Editor and Publisher of the innovative small press The 3rd Thing. She lives and works on the unceded land of the Coast Salish people in Olympia, WA.

Stacey Levine is the author of five books of uniquely original voice-driven fiction. Her novel MICE 1961, set during the Cold War, concerning a young woman bullied for her albinism during the Cold War era, will be published by Verse Chorus Press in March 2024. Levine’s short fiction collection THE GIRL WITH BROWN FUR, longlisted for The Story Prize, was also shortlisted for the Washington State Book Award. Her novel FRANCES JOHNSON was shortlisted for the Washington State Book Award, and her collection MY HORSE AND OTHER STORIES won a PEN Fiction Award. MY HORSE and Levine’s novel DRA—  were published by the much-lauded Los Angeles-based Sun & Moon Press. Her short fiction has been translated for Danish and Japanese publications. A frequent guest presenter at university writing programs, Levine has published fiction in The Brooklyn RailTin HouseFenceThe Fairy Tale ReviewThe Santa Monica Review, YetiThe Iowa Review, and other venues. A collaborator on several projects with experimental cellist and composer Lori Goldston, Levine received a Stranger Genius Award for Literature and other fellowships. She lives and teaches in Seattle. 

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