The Circle That Fits

Author Kevin Lichty

Kevin Lichty's "The Circle That Fits" explores the fraught relationships between two parents and their son as they live in a traveling carnival; the emotional, intense surrealism on display in this compressed novel knows no bounds.


Kevin Lichty is an instructor in the Department of English at Arizona State University, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing in 2017.

Praise for this book

At the heart of Kevin Lichty’s 'The Circle That Fits' are two spectacles: the public display of a traveling carnival’s thrills and the private drama of a fracturing family’s pain, neither of which can exist apart from the other, at least not for our young protagonist. Lichty renders both his worlds with precise, surprising language and an enviably moving surrealism, one grounded always in the rich emotions running through this gripping novella.

Matt Bell Author of "Appleseed"

Merging a coming-of-age story with an unflinching engagement of poverty, homelessness, and the American mythology of the freedom of the open road, 'The Circle That Fits' is a gritty, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful work. It slipped under my skin like a sliver of glass and remains there.

Jenny Irish Author of "I Am Faithful"
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Date published
Driftwood Press

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