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Early Praise for
A Place Beyond the Heart

In sliver-thin, lucent prose edged with quiet humor, Ireh presents us with resonant intimations of the pain from war, disability, morbidity, estrangement, interracial intimacy, gender and bodily differences. Each story in Ireh’s debut collection unfolds stealthily but with delightful force.


– Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike, author of There’s More

A Place Beyond The Heart seizes the reader from the first story and draws them into the urgency of a conflicted world. Shifting fluidly from Syria to Nigeria, Canada to the UK, & the US to Ukraine, Ireh Iyioha carves living stories from the headlines and compels the reader to take a closer look at the intersections of identity, intimacy, and violence at the verge of an uncertain future.

- Emily Paskevics, award-winning author of Notes on a Wild Encounter

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