The Protester Has Been Released is a spectacular and subversive collection, made even more so by its deceptive calm and supremely wry style. Its humor and range are first-rate; its political subjects utterly timely (for better or worse); its wisdom profound, especially as it feels earned off-road; its inventiveness and shrewdness apparent in every sentence, in every story.”

— Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts

The characters in these stories feel familiar, even in the most extreme situations, because they struggle with issues of vulnerability and being unable to act or to be heard. They turn to art, language, and hope, and even when they fail, Sarbanes shows that there is always beauty and sometimes humor in the trying.

Publisher’s Weekly

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