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Shannon Sanders
Shannon Sanders’s sparkling debut brings us into the company of the Collins family and their acquaintances as they meet, bicker, compete, celebrate, worry, keep and reveal secrets, build lives and careers, and endure. Moving from Atlantic City to New York to DC, from the 1960s to the 2000s, from law students to drag performers to violinists to matriarchs, Company tells a multifaceted, multigenerational saga in thirteen stories.

Each piece in Company includes a moment when a guest arrives at someone’s home. In “The Good, Good Men,” two brothers reunite to oust a “deadbeat” boyfriend from their mother’s house. In “The Everest Society,” the brothers’ sister anxiously prepares for a home visit from a social worker before adopting a child. In “Birds of Paradise,” their aunt, newly promoted to university provost, navigates a minefield of microaggressions at her own welcome party. And in the haunting title story, the provost’s sister finds her solitary life disrupted when her late sister’s daughter comes calling.
These are stories about intimacy, societal and familial obligations, and the ways inheritances shape our fates. Buoyant, somber, sharp, and affectionate, this collection announces a remarkable new voice in fiction.


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A richly detailed, brilliantly woven debut collection about the lives and lore of one Black family

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Shannon  Sanders
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Shannon Sanders lives and works near Washington, DC. Her fiction has appeared in One Story, Electric Literature, Virginia Quarterly Review, Sewanee, and elsewhere, and was a 2020 winner of the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers.
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Shannon Sanders (COMPANY) appearing at the One Story Debutante Ball at Roulette

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With Pemi Aguda, Puloma Ghosh, and Uche Okonkwo. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets

Shannon Sanders (COMPANY) appearing at the Washington Writers Conference

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Location: Salon A/B/C. "Debut Authors Share Their Publishing Stories." With Len Kruger and Eman Quotah, moderated by Melissa Scholes Young. Click here for more details. Click here to purchase tickets to the conference

Shannon Sanders (COMPANY) appearing at the Gaithersburg Book Festival

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Location: Rachel Carson Pavilion. With Paul Yoon. Click here for more details


  • Company is a deftly woven tapestry that scrupulously depicts familial ties and estrangement, richly told with a nuance that allows each character dignity and grace.”—Jonathan Escoffery, The New York Times Book Review
  • “Revelatory. . . . Each character feels deeply human as they navigate what it means to be ‘company’ at one another’s homes and parties, and whether to expect a warm embrace or cold scrutiny.”Publishers Weekly, “Best Fiction of 2023”
  • “Remarkable. . . . The characters throughout are expertly rendered and deeply relatable. . . . Sanders’ stories are unforgettable, making this a strong and promising debut.”Booklist, starred review
  • “Sanders excels in this masterly debut collection about a Black extended family . . . describing their slights, heartaches, and misbehavior with exquisite emotional acuity. This is a winner.”Publishers Weekly, starred review
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