Fiction. In SHINING MAN, narrator Cash, an over-educated but under-achieving fry cook, decamps from a long period of floundering in suburban Charlotte, NC, to either find his vanished father in Chicago or settle his affairs, whichever comes first. The mission ultimately throws his own life into stark relief. The book explodes themes of economic opportunity, identity and the individual's place post-Great Recession in a politically polarized, culturally isolated, and class-stratified America—all through the eyes and voice of a young Southerner whose compatriots include both left-wing demonstrators and race car crew members.
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Todd Dills grew up in Rock Hill, SC, graduated from Winthrop University (1998) and finished an MFA in fiction writing at Columbia College Chicago in 2003. He is the author of a prior novel, Sons of the Rapture (Featherproof Books, 2006) and a short story collection, Triumph of the Ape (2012), and was founding editor and publisher of The2ndHand, a literary broadsheet published from 2000-2013. The2ndHand continues as a sometime book publisher. Dills has been senior editor for Overdrive, a trade magazine for the small businesses in the long-haul trucking industry, since 2006. His feature journalism work there has earned several honors in business-to-business journalism. In 2014, excerpts from SHINING MAN afforded him the Tennessee Arts Commission's Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Susannah, and daughter, Thalia.Author City: NASHVILLE, TN USA