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A new collection from award winning author, Erin Pringle.
With Midwestern practicality and deft lyricism, award-winning author Erin Pringle has constructed UNEXPECTED WEATHER EVENTS, a collection of stories following irrepressible characters facing tough situations—cancer, mental illness, death. Set against winter landscapes and fading small towns, this collection illuminates how joy can flicker within unpredictable tragedy.
“Erin Pringle is my favorite living author. This breathtaking new collection more than solidifies that opinion. Her writing is soul-rich with wonder and terror, tapping into a child’s dream-like experience of family, change, and death. These are not only stories; each piece is a spell swirling with grief, love, and the bitter-strong beauty of being alive.”
—Owen Egerton, author of Hollow and How Best To Avoid Dying
“Erin Pringle has done it again. In this clutch of grimly gorgeous stories, resilient characters navigate perilous conditions and deteriorating landscapes in their efforts to transcend, or at least come to terms with, the dicey, mysterious predicaments of their strangely familiar lives. The greatest graces afforded these pilgrims, not to mention us readers, are the sentences, coldly true and perfectly pitched, that pump their blood and afford them breath. Erin Pringle is not a minimalist, nor is she a language-for-language’s-sake lyricist, but her prose, its sound and its sense, is the heart of the book.”
—Tom Noyes, author of The Substance Of Things Hoped For
“In Erin Pringle’s breathtaking story collection UNEXPECTED WEATHER EVENTS ghosts arrive on wintry nights, the sky bleeds red snow, a hole opens up between heaven and hell, and characters learn to grieve, to laugh, to love, even as the harrowing world around them shudders and quakes with loss. The themes and tone in these pages—at turns deadpan and compassionate, always wise and complex—converse beautifully with the fiction of Miriam Toews and Agota Kristof. This book reminded me: We are not alone in our sorrow; there are always new ways—even in a petrifying darkness—to see and to love.”
—Sharma Shields, author of The Cassandra
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Erin Pringle grew up in Casey, Illinois and now lives in Spokane, Washington. She is the author of the novel HEZADA! I MISS YOU (Awst Press, 2020), and two other story collections: The Whole World at Once (Vandalia Press/West Virginia University Press, 2017) and The Floating Order (Two Ravens Press, 2009).