A novel by Alissa Hattman, forthcoming 2023


I thought that being inside would protect me, with its corners and its curtains, then a kindness took me by the throat and stretched me taut against the sky, beaming, and I found something more valuable than protection. If only you could have seen it, Mother. What light. – from Sift, by Alissa Hattman, 2023



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About the Book

Part post-apocalyptic love story, part elegy for humanity, Sift follows Tortula and Lamellae as they travel though dystopian dreamscapes of white sand deserts, moss-covered forests, and dark mountain caverns, learning to navigate a changed environment and the slippery terrain of their evolving connection. Written in spare, lyric vignettes, Sift is a story about relationships between women, family wounds, humanity’s failures, and how to care for one another at the end.

About the Author

In addition to her debut novel Sift, Alissa Hattman is author of the zine POST (zines + things, 2021). Her writing has appeared in Carve, The Rumpus, Hobart, Gravel, MAYDAY, and elsewhere. Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion within higher education, Alissa has taught writing classes and workshops for over 15 years. She has worked as a fiction editor, book reviewer, zine librarian, writing group facilitator, and artist-in-residence at several arts centers, most recently Gullkistan Center for Creativity in Iceland. Originally from North Dakota, she now lives and teaches in the Pacific Northwest. More at

About Our Books as Objects

All 3rd Thing books are thoughtfully designed for people who love books…to read them, to smell them, to write in their wide margins, to tuck things in their pages. They feature recycled cover stock and French folds for holding your place. All the 2023 books will be 8″ x 5.5″…not too tall and not too small – so they’ll fit neatly together on your shelf or in a stack on your coffee table…because they are so beautiful, you will want to look at them all the time.

Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 8 × 5.5 × .5 in