This Is Between Us (Tin House)
Kevin Sampsell—Powell's bookseller, small press publisher, and author of A Common Pornography and other books, returns to Skylight to read and sign his new novel, This Is Between Us.
Spanning five years of one relationship’s ups and downs—the insecurities and passions, the sadness and joy, the hopes and disappointments—This Is Between Us is a detailed portrait of a man and a woman, both divorced, both with a child, and both trying to create a good life together in Portland, Oregon. Full of sweet moments, emotional time bombs, blunt sexuality, and laugh-out-loud scenes, This is Between Us is an intimate collection of personal moments that come together to form a complete view of a troubled romance and the people whose hearts are at stake.
Praise for This Is Between Us:
"This Is Between Us is an imperturbable, strange, melancholy (but never maudlin) piece of work. Kevin Sampsell straddles the line between candor and oversharing with an artful grace I found infectious." —Patrick deWitt, author of Ablutions and The Sisters Brothers
"Finely detailed and beautifully observed, This Is Between Us captures the humorous and heart-wrenching intimacies of two people in love. Kevin Sampsell sheds exquisite insight into the way a hundred ordinary moments in a relationship add up to something extraordinary and deeply meaningful. This novel is moving, surprising, and utterly absorbing — I couldn't put it down." —Davy Rothbart, author of My Heart Is an Idiot
Kevin Sampsell is an author (the short story collection, Creamy Bullets, the memoir, A Common Pornography), editor (Portland Noir), small press publisher (Future Tense Books), and bookstore employee (Powell's Books). His writing has appeared in Salon, Hobart, Nerve, McSweeney's, Fairy Tale Review, Pank, The Good Men Project, The Rumpus, The Associated Press, and in several other publications and anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Photo of the author by Barb Klansnic.