Erika Krouse

Official website for Erika Krouse, author of Contenders and Come Up and See Me Sometime.

Photo credit: Kellye Eisworth.

Welcome, readers and writers! Thank you for visiting, and please check out my new novel, Contenders (Rare Bird Books), available in bookstores now.

"Nina was a thief, technically, although she never defined herself that way. Stealing was sponsorship. Fighting was the passion.”

Praise for Contenders:

"Erika Krouse is a unique and fearless writer, I love her work."
Bob Shacochis, Pulitzer finalist for The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

"Here's a book with a real fighting heart, and also a real loving heart...Pick up Contenders and give it a read."
—Madison Smartt Bell, PEN/Faulkner Award winner and National Book Award finalist for All Souls' Rising

"...Everything crackles and pops in this novel.  This is a beautiful, physical piece of work."
—Percival Everett, author of I Am Not Sidney Poitier

"...Can Nina come back from the edge of darkness?  I couldn't stop turning these brilliant pages to find the answer."
—Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy

"This book is like watching Lorrie Moore's humor in a glorious street brawl with Ernest Hemingway's bullfighters..."
—Nick Arvin, author of The Reconstructionist and Articles of War

"Erika Krouse’s moving novel Contenders...moves with the quickness of a slap to the face, and does what a good slap and good literature always does...it wakes you up."
—Richard Wiley, PEN/Faulkner Award winner for Soldiers in Hiding

"...Contenders is unlike any novel I can remember—it straddles the line of sweetness and brutality like a beautiful, punch drunk, fragile fighter looking for love."
—William Haywood Henderson, author of Augusta Locke

"Contenders is a knockout! I've never read anything like it. The marvelous Erika Krouse has crafted one of the most unforgettable heroines in modern fiction."
Steve Almond, author of Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto

"By turns hilarious, exciting, tough as rusty nails, and blazingly heartfelt, it's a knockout on every level."
David Wroblewski, author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

"Contenders may well be the best woman warrier novel ever written."
Baine Kerr, author of Wrongful Death

"A damn good read, delivered with bare-knuckled power. Funny without that keen wit ever distracting from its page-turning story."
-- Mat Johnson, USA James Baldwin Fellow and author of Loving Day

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Praise for Come Up and See Me Sometime:

"...With her instinctive grasp of the darkness lurking in the corners of female comedy, Krouse is closer in spirit to Lorrie Moore than Melissa Bank...A frisky and unexpectedly serious first book."
-- The New York Times Book Review

"Krouse is a masterful and elegant storyteller...a irresistible debut."
-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Krouse is in the same league as Mary Gaitskill and Lorrie Moore, her fiction wise to the bravado required of Liberated Women throughout the ages."
-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"In Come Up and See Me Sometime, Erika Krouse makes an intelligent, dreamily off-kilter debut, and manages the tricky feat of moving the reader without indulging in a single moment of sentimentality."
-- Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad