Fiction. NORTH ARROW is a collection of seventeen stories that traverse stylistic, emotional, and geographical landscapes. From New Jersey to the Netherlands to abstract poetic terrain, Dennis Barone places his characters in situations where they're forced to confront the nature of memory, of change, and of finding one's way in a society that can be hostile to those who circumvent its meager expectations. Barone's stories are instructive, but their morals are not clear-cut or pedantic. Rather, Barone creates space for the reader to sidle up next to his characters—an ambitious film director in a secret, proto-Hollywood New Jersey of the past; a young woman trying to make her way as a large-animal veterinarian in the Netherlands; the author himself, attempting to weave together the near and distant strains of his memory—as they are faced with decisions that will determine not only their own identities, but the stamp they will leave on the world.
Dennis Barone's work has appeared in the Chicago Review, The Prose Poem: An International Journal, and Quarter After Eight, among others. Barone has edited numerous collections and published several books of fiction, including Temple of the Rat and Echoes. In 1992 he held the Thomas Jefferson Chair, a distinguished lecturing award in the Netherlands. He currently teaches at St. Joseph's College in Connecticut. Quale Press has published many of his works: SOUND/HAMMER (2015), FIELD REPORT (2011), NORTH ARROW (2008), PRECISE MACHINE (2006), WALKING BACKWARDS (2002), and THE DISGUISE OF EVENTS (2002). He is also the author of THE WALLS OF CIRCUMSTANCE (Avec Books, 2004), PARALLEL LINES (Shearsman Books, 2011), AMERICA/TRATTABILI (Bordighera Press, 2011), ON THE BUS: SELECTED STORIES (BlazeVOX [books], 2011), and SECOND THOUGHTS (Bordighera Press, 2017), and co-editor of ESSAYS ON ITALIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE (Bordighera Press, 2012). Author City: WEST HARTFORD, CT USA