New Release: For You I Would Make an Exception by Steven Belletto


Congratulations to Steven Belletto and Vine Leaves Press on the release of For You I Would Make an Exception.

★★★★★ “Fast-paced, darkly funny, and compulsively readable.” ~Alix Ohlin, author of We Want What We Want

For You I Would Make an Exception

NEW RELEASE: October 3, 2023
Genre: Literary Fiction
Paperback: $17.99
Ebook: $5.99  

Will Sorley, a native Californian, is barely surviving his days teaching college in rural Pennsylvania when he receives an email from a teenage girl in Kenya claiming to be his long-lost daughter.

This explosive note leads to a trip halfway around the globe to find this young woman and uncover more about her enigmatic mother, while trying to stay connected to his new girlfriend.

Swerving from the comic to the tragic, For You I Would Make an Exception follows Will from Pennsylvania to Kenya and from San Francisco to India as his life expands in ways he never imagined.

Praise for For You I Would Make an Exception
★★★★★ “With a sharp eye for detail and a great ear for dialogue, Belletto shows us how the personal and political are always—thrillingly, dangerously, and emotionally—connected.” ~Alix Ohlin, author of We Want What We Want

★★★★★ “This marvelously surprising and deeply moving novel fulfills a demanding task: it shows us how, against all odds, buried courage may be uncovered and a human heart may expand.” ~Lee Upton, author of Visitations

★★★★★ “Belletto takes the reader on adventures from the US to Kenya to Bihar and back as he examines, hilariously and elegantly, the wild ride of any kind of love...immersive and riveting; I could not put it down.” ~Jennifer Gilmore, author of The Mothers

★★★★★ “A coming-of-age novel about a man who is forced to come of age years after he should have come of age. Funny, spot-on, and surprisingly moving, this is a wonderful novel that shows us that it’s never too late to leave home and grow up.” ~Brock Clarke, author of Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe?

★★★★★ “Intelligent and laden with surprises. This marvelous and wittily titled novel is full of news of the way we live now.” ~Lorrie Moore, author of I Am Homeless If This Is Not My Home

About the Author
Steven Belletto is author of two books of literary criticism: No Accident, Comrade and The Beats: A Literary History. His short fiction and travel writing have appeared in such venues as Cimarron Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Quarterly Journal, and Wisconsin Review. He lives in Westport with his dog. Learn more at
About the Publisher
Vine Leaves Press likes to blur the line between commercial and experimental works. They publish book-length vignette collections, writing reference books, short story collections, memoir/autobiography, and character-driven novels with a literary bent.​ Subscribe to the Vine Leaves Press newsletter to receive FREE advanced review copies of upcoming new releases, news about their authors and subscribers, and/or to read the monthly opinion column, SPILL IT! or a daily dose of 50-word stories. Learn more at

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