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“Mattson expertly teases out the relationships between our real lives and our social media feeds, the faces we show to the world and the ones we must confront in the mirror. A moving debut about the intersections of rural queerness, the internet, and forgiveness.” —Kirkus Reviews

“In The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves, six intertwining narratives form a blistering tapestry of love, loss, and tragedy, reminding us that sexual identity remains a ferocious struggle for many small-town youths. In his remarkable debut, James Han Mattson both enthralls and horrifies, using the backdrop of a high school shooting to illustrate grief and longing in the age of digital communication.” —T. Geronimo Johnson, author of Welcome to Braggsville

The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves is wrenching and hilarious, frightening and deeply propulsive. With keen insight and virtuosic prose, Mattson conjures a Greek chorus of voices to illuminate a thoroughly modern tragedy. An exhilarating debut.” —Jennifer duBois, author of Cartwheel

“James Han Mattson’s The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves is a deeply felt and deeply moving meditation on the way our more tender emotions—longing, empathy, compassion—have simultaneously changed and remained steady in a world ever more maddeningly mediated through technology. It is a gripping story about the inescapable dangers of love.” —Benjamin Hale, author of The Fat Artist and The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore

The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves is comic and tragic storytelling that slowly, ingeniously reveals the nature of adolescence, identity, and the complex politics of small town communities. This artful narrative builds to poignant truths on the ways we love and hurt one another.” —Krys Lee, author of Drifting House and How I Became a North Korean

The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves is an immensely wise and big hearted and fiercely smart novel—a heartbreaking autopsy of the current social moment. It’s a darkly funny, brilliantly constructed book about technology and violence and love and the loneliness that binds us all together. Put simply: James Han Mattson is a ridiculously talented writer. This is a great, great debut.”— Stuart Nadler, author of The Inseparables and Wise Men

The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves is a compelling, suspenseful, expertly told narrative that manages to have sympathy for even the worst of its characters. It’s a brilliant performance. I couldn’t put it down.” –Ron Hansen, author of A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion and The Kid

“James Han Mattson’s enthralling debut deftly explores the messy complications of technology in modern life. Big-hearted and devastating, generous and probing, The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves is a compulsively readable tale of finding forgiveness in the midst of cruelty, of wresting love from the wreckage of violence.” —Matthew Griffin, author of Hide