Fiction. Short Stories. California Interest. A battle of wills emerges when one of the suicide survivors in the Golden Gate Jumper Survivors Society turns the meetings into a yoga class. A small town is gripped by a lawn ornamentation craze. A woman dresses up as Paul Bunyan to rob banks to pay her ailing mother's exorbitant nursing home bills. A married couple decides to 3-D print a son...and his entire childhood. GOLDEN GATE JUMPER SURVIVORS SOCIETY is a funny and poignant story collection about everyday people confronting everyday challenges with escalating absurdity. Reminiscent of the work of Aimee Bender, Ross Wilcox's stories will make you view the mundane in an entirely new way.
"Funny and deft and weird and heartbreaking. This book is super cool and one of a kind."—Kate Durbin
"Poignant and elegiac and full of calm desperation, Ross Wilcox's short story collection is a parable of survival—the remains of people and places, traces of presence—and the search for some kind of truth, however fallible and fleeting. Wilcox rejoices in the bizarre and absurd, but also attends to the mundanities of everyday life with deft precision. Reading GOLDEN GATE JUMPER SURVIVORS SOCIETY is an unnerving experience, in which death and life, the dead and the living, converge."—Chris Campanioni
"From the seemingly impossible to the devastatingly real, the stories in Ross Wilcox's GOLDEN GATE JUMPER SURVIVORS SOCIETY serve as touching portraits of everyday Americans. Leavened with dry humor, the collection delivers us the country-road bonfires, suburban rivalries and unattainable aspirations of the hopeful and the disillusioned, the survivors and the strugglers, the green and the seasoned—from a writer who has mastered the short story form. Wilcox's characters will continue to pester you for a smoke and ask for a ride long after the stories have ended."—Farooq Ahmed
"Strange circumstances abound...The book's many surreal elements are grounded in authentic, sometimes heartbreaking, details...Throughout the compelling, unexpected, and poignant stories of GOLDEN GATE JUMPER SURVIVORS SOCIETY, the absurd is masked by the everyday."—Foreword Reviews
Ross Wilcox is from Elk Point, South Dakota. He has attended Morningside College, the University of South Dakota, and is now finishing the last year of his PhD at the University of North Texas, where he teaches writing and composition. His stories have appeared in numerous literary journals. GOLDEN GATE JUMPER SURVIVORS SOCIETY (7.13 Books, 2020) is his debut book-length work. He is currently at work on a novel. In addition to writing and fiction, Ross is a huge lover of basketball and a full-on disciple of LeBron James. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and two cats.Author City: FORT WORTH, TX USA