Fiction. In the stories that make up TOGETHER, APART, the heroes aren't very heroic. They are flawed. Failures. They are people figuring out how to grieve when their losses should feel more like relief: a teenage boy who loses the egg he was supposed to care for like a child, a mother whose son can't find happiness in a strange book. But this collection is not just about failure—it's about resilience. Ben Hoffman writes with unwavering compassion, from the many ex-wives of a recently deceased father to the brothers who listen to their parents fighting in a hotel, hoping instead to hear some sound, some sign of love. Put your ear to any of these stories and you'll hear it.
Ben Hoffman is a 2015-2017 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. His stories have won the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award and Zoetrope's Short Fiction Contest, and have also been published by American Short Fiction, Granta, Indiana Review, and The Missouri Review. Originally from Pennsylvania, he lives in Oakland with his wife and dogs.Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA