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Patrick Mondaca

Winner of the 2020 Monadnock Essay Collection Prize

The first thing to notice about Adjustment Disorder: A Collection of Maladjusted Essays is the energy and precision of the writing.  The second thing to notice is that, although these essays appear to be about a U.S. combat veteran re-constructing his civilian life, the book is about more—much more—than that. Each time the reader sees and finds herself in these honest and contemplative essays, or by the time we notice or acknowledge that the book is, in fact, about all of us in and beyond 21st-century America, we’re in too deep to stop turning that page for the next essay.

Judge Áine Greaney

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