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The Orange Suitcase, by Joseph Riippi

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The Orange Suitcase, by Joseph Riippi

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The Orange Suitcase, by Joseph Riippi

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In the thirty-four stories filling The Orange Suitcase, Joseph Riippi packs an intimate and powerful portrait of a young man’s life. From a childhood spent snipering neighbors with BB guns, to adulthood grasping at love and art in New York City, The Orange Suitcase shows us not only the way life is lived but perhaps more importantly how it is remembered.


“In Joseph Riippi’s The Orange Suitcase, the fragments come together to create a mesmerizing whole. The fictional world Riippi creates is visceral and vivid, a kind of rabbit hole the reader descends into and is reluctant to leave. A wonderful collection from a deeply talented writer.” —Laura van den Berg, author of What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us

“The orange suitcase . . . becomes an abiding metaphor for the collection as a whole—ungainly but earnest and, in the end, charming.” —Publishers Weekly


Joseph Riippi is the author of A Cloth House (2012), The Orange Suitcase (2011), and Do Something! Do Something! Do Something! (2009). His twenty-four-part poem,Treesisters, was published in 2012 by Greying Ghost Press. He lives with his wife in New York City.