"Lori Toppel draws readers in from the first paragraph with this powerful story...
The Word Next to the One I Want achieves that masterful tone often found in a classic work of fiction."
– Robin Stratton, author of Some Have Gone and Some Remain
"Toppel deftly weaves perfect details of the city into a story that is suspenseful and wonderfully alive
with the promise of redemption. I could not put this book down and when I was finished, I felt a little better
about the world."
– Rebecca Johnson, Contributing Editor of Vogue
"Toppel uncovers layer upon layer of hidden desire and private despair in a prose that is as beautifully
wrought as it is gut wrenching in what it reveals about ordinary people making sense of their tangential lives."
– Andrew Krivak, author of The Signal Flame and The Bear
Available at Los Galesburg Press