Fiction. This updated 2017 edition includes a new story. A man in search of a golden bead that is rumored to grant immortality. A would-be astronaut's manifesto. An Archivist who can't help but record all of life's statistics. In these thirteen small stories, Anne Valente takes us to worlds both fantastic and familiar, forgotten and foretold, and in tight, layered prose, she strives to unravel all the tangled questions we have about ourselves. From the field guides of anatomy to permutations on desire, these small stories are expansive and encyclopedic, a cataloging of love and loss, an attempt to find a formula for everything that courses through us.
Anne Valente is the author of a short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names (Dzanc Books, 2014), and a novel, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2016). Her fiction appears in One Story, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review and Ninth Letter, and her essays appear in The Believer and The Washington Post. Originally from St. Louis, she currently teaches creative writing at Hamilton College.Author City: SANTA FE, NM USA