Winner of the 2019 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize


"A novella that shoots from the page like an ancient wind trapped in a wine bottle, uncorked. Wildly funny, idiosyncratic, and moving. A daring debut that leaves us feeling, yes, this madness called life unfolds in epic locomotive sentences."
— Fernando A. Flores, Author of Tears of the Trufflepig

"With elegant, electric prose, this novella masterfully captures the harrowing breathlessness required to move forward in times of uncertainty. The Loneliest Band in France, is an eerie, funny, suspenseful necessity. Fisher writes with his heart on fire."
— Alissa Nutting, Author of Made for Love

"Dylan Fisher’s The Loneliest Band in France is a feverish, terrifying gem of a novella. The existential doom of an earth careening into chaos pervades these pages, though it is filtered through the endearing, funny voice of a bewildered Sri Lankan law student abroad in France, whose simple quest for knowledge is interrupted by a homicidal rock band, overbearing host parents, and the desolate desire to feel something in a world that has stopped making sense. In fact, if Bolaño and Camus had teamed up in a parallel universe to write the liner notes of a lost Talking Heads album, they might produce a brilliant, wild work much like this one."
— Dean Bakopoulos, Author of Summerlong

"Far from home, alienated from his father, the narrator of Dylan Fisher’s The Loneliest Band in France accepts a dream-like, deceptively easy offer from strangers. In much the same way, Fisher’s smooth, hypnotizing prose leads the reader deeper and deeper into a seemingly straightforward and yet utterly disorienting world of unspoken truth and invisible threat."
— Maile Chapman, Author of Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto

"The Loneliest Band in France is seductive, propulsive, and drunk with narrative energy. Reading the first page of the book felt like stepping off a cliff, where the fall to the end of the novel was fast and dazzling — murderous vegan metal bands, and disappointed fathers, and Parisian streets, and Sri Lankan childhood memories, and music that kills all who hear it, coming quickly in and out of view until — smack — I, the reader, am on a French beach at the end of the novel, covered in sand, crying with the narrator and his father, wondering how they, how any of us, ever survive long enough to get a glimpse of who we are."
— Rita Bullwinkel, Author of Belly Up

"To read Dylan Fisher’s The Loneliest Band in France is to submit, joyously, to a surrealist dream, a trance that is sometimes violent, sometimes meditative, and always psychologically thrilling. Fisher’s writing echoes the urgent introspection of Javier Marías while channeling the self-critical gaze of Bolaño’s literati, and the resulting narrative — a single, extended, saturated breath — proves wicked, immersive, and unforgettable."
— Derek Palacio, Author of The Mortifications

"Set at the close of the pre-Euro, pre-smartphone era, Dylan Fisher’s The Loneliest Band in France tells the story of a student from Sri Lanka who enlists in a heavy metal band with murderous ambitions. As he stumbles and falls, Migara né ‘Paul’ must recompose shattered bonds with his father and the tragic remnants of his origins. Written with an energetic breathlessness reminiscent of Bernhard, Bolaño and Castellanos Moya, this compelling first novella pushes experimental style even further into song in a performance that announces Dylan Fisher as a brilliant new writer on the world literary scene."
— Douglas Unger, Author of Leaving the Land and Voices from Silence