Fiction. Winner of a 2018 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. Winner of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association Award. Winner of a Royal Palm Literary Award. Winner of the Chicago Public Library's 21st Century Award. Winner of a Phillis Wheatley Book Award in Fiction. Winner of the International Latino Book Award in Most Inspirational Fiction. Amina Gautier's THE LOSS OF ALL LOST THINGS won the Elixir Press 2014 Fiction Award. It is a short story collection that illuminates the beauty that can be found in inconsolable loss. Gautier leads us through terrible reality but leaves us with the promise of hope and redemption. Contest judge Phong Nguyen had this to say about it: "Literary fiction that grips us and won't let us go is notoriously rare. To offer us complex emotional experience and riveting narrative momentum, and then to leave the reader in contemplation of its sophisticated themes and subtle weave of objective correlatives… that is the stuff of literary greatness, of art that demands to be read in conversation with the canon….Gautier's stories have you by the throat, and they surprise you with their mercy."
"Amina Gautier's unwavering commitment to the short story reveals a writer in full control. And the form is the perfect vehicle for her intellect. Like a scientist who takes apart the human body and puts it back together again to understand how it works, Gautier is unafraid to examine heartbreak, but equally comfortable capturing triumph. Her stories, sweeping and elegant, sophisticated and daring, call the mind and heart to attention." —Dolen Perkins-Valdez, member of the PEN/Malamud selection committee
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Amina Gautier is a winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction for her debut story collection At-Risk and a winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction for her sophomore collection Now We Will Be Happy. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Agni, Callaloo, Glimmer Train, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, and StoryQuarterly. Her third collection, THE LOSS OF ALL LOST THINGS, winner of the Elixir Prize, has won a Florida Authors and Publishers Association Award, a Royal Palm Literary Award and the Chicago Public Library's 21st Century Award.Author City: Chicago, IL USA