Fiction. At critical moments in world history, every political, spiritual, and cultural leader foresaw a different destiny. Columbus planned a Western sea route to Asia; Hitler applied to art school twice; Joan of Arc prophesied that she would become a mother. It is out of their failures that history itself is made. But what if the history-makers succeeded in the fulfillment of their best-laid plans? In PAGES FROM THE TEXTBOOK OF ALTERNATE HISTORY, Phong Nguyen explores a myriad of pasts in which these icons of history made a different choice, and got what they wished for.
Phong Nguyen's most recent book of short-stories is PAGES FROM THE TEXTBOOK OF ALTERNATE HISTORY (Mastodon Publishing, 2019). He is the author of the novel The Adventures of Joe Harper (Outpost19, 2016), winner of the Prairie Heritage Book Award), and the short-story collection MEMORY SICKNESS AND OTHER STORIES (Elixir Press, 2011), winner of the Elixir Press Fiction Award. He coedited the volume NANCY HALE: ON THE LIFE & WORK OF A LOST AMERICAN MASTER (Pleiades Press, 2012) with Dan Chaon and Norah Lind. Individual stories by Nguyen have appeared in more than 50 national literary journals in print and online, including Agni, Boulevard, Iowa Review, Massachusetts Review, North American Review, New Letters, River Styx, and Kenyon Review Online. He is the Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he lives with his wife—the artist Sarah Nguyen—and their three children.Author City: COLUMBIA, MO USA