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Outer Sunset

(University of Iowa Press,

May 15, 2023

ISBN-13 : ‎ 978-1609388836)


The Man Who Owns Little

(Kindle Single)



"It is rare for a novel to probe the psyches of its characters as deeply as Mark Ernest Pothier does in Outer Sunset. Many writers don't even suspect such depths exist. They do, though, and here's the proof."

Richard Russo, author, Empire Falls and Straight Man


"Outer Sunset traces one solitary man’s late reawakening and rediscovery of what was and still is best in his life. Mark Ernest Pothier’s debut is a wise and gentle meditation on last chances and the power of hope.”

—Stewart O’Nan, author, Emily, Alone and Ocean State

“The father and daughter at the heart of this beautiful novel entirely captured mine. Mark Ernest Pothier has written an affecting story, both serious and funny, about a self-sufficient middle-aged man who finds himself suddenly confronted with the messy work of love and forgiveness in the face of looming mortality. I read it with a sense of quiet urgency and finished it with great satisfaction.”

—Julia Glass, author, Three Junes and Vigil Harbor

“Outer Sunset is elegant but not showy, straightforward but not simple, serious but not humorless. Its subjects—money, disease, divorce, death, belief—are laid out in a pattern as complex as the layers of San Francisco life that every page of this novel reveals. The characters are complex too, rich and full of mystery and revelations and surprises. This is a deeply pleasurable and satisfying read.”

—Valerie Sayers, author, The Age of Infidelity and Other Stories

In The Press


Mark Ernest Pothier (Photo: Jason Doiy @jdoiy)

Mark Ernest Pothier’s debut novel, Outer Sunset, will be published by University of Iowa Press in Spring 2023. His stories have won a Chicago Tribune/Nelson Algren Award and been long-listed for the Pirates Alley/Faulkner – William Wisdom prize. He holds an MFA from SF State, a BA from St. John’s College in Annapolis, and lives with his wife and kids in San Francisco.


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Book Launch: Outer Sunset
May 18, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
Green Apple Books on the Park,
1231 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94116, USA
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