Such was the case with The Apple Book, which I found sticking out from a shelf near the front register at the Bookmill one summer afternoon a few years ago. At the time, I’d been writing stories which I’d hoped might somehow cohere into a second novel.
At the Saturday farmer’s market on our town green I buy late lettuce and inhale the first smoky whiff of fall. My son is across the street going through boxes of used books at the library society’s paperback sale. Will’s fifteen now, tall and skinny, into horror and science fiction.
Margaret Zamos-Monteith talks to Patrick Dacey about his debut story collection, We’ve Already Gone This Far.
In Matthew Vollmer’s latest collection, Gateway to Paradise, his characters find themselves standing on the precipice of moments that could be life changing, possible paths to alternate realities in which they could be happier. But as with all decisions made in the real, non-fantasy world, consequences lurk just around the corner.
My sister Eileen always has to take things personally. Some might say she’s a narcissist. Like when that twelve-year-old girl got abducted in Salt Lake City some years ago, she went into a meltdown for days—trembling, crying, and ruining the third wedding of our other sister by staying outside in the car during the ceremony to get updates on the radio.
Andrew Sullivan’s debut novel Waste takes place in fictional Larkhill, Ontario, circa 1989, a locale as hopeless and desperate and doomed as its citizens.
Natural Wonders is a collage as much as a novel. It’s squeezed out of an enormous amount of research on earth science, geology, archaeology, the history of vegetarianism, odd bits of linguistics, as well as feminist critiques of these sciences and science in general.
Alice inherited her family’s bungalow on Carter Lake after her father died. The man her parents bought the house from said the lake just appeared one rainy summer. But Alice doubted it.
Grant Faulkner talks to NF’s Susan Rukeyser about his collection Fissures, his work at NaNoWriMo, and the long and short of writing.
The Best Small Fictions 2015 is an essential anthology, the first of a new series showcasing the best very short fiction, in a variety of forms, published in a single year. Fifty-five acclaimed and emerging writers, including Stuart Dybek, Michael Martone, Emma Bolden, Ron Carlson, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Rusty Barnes are among some of the brilliant voices included.
I researched by euphemism.
By incubating eggs.
By getting aimless in the woods.