Fiction. Short Stories. In ten provocative stories, Ethan Chatagnier presents us with characters in crisis, people grappling with their own and others' darkness as they search for glimmers to carry them through difficult times, untenable tasks, uncertain futures. The collection explores with unflinching eloquence the quandaries of conscience posed by the present, but also plunges us into a startlingly prescient "what if?" world, exploring in both realms questions concerning the value of perseverance, art, hope, and heart.
In "The Law of Threes," a reluctant cop tries to survive a night of frenzied police retribution. In "Miracle Fruit," a genetic engineer is tasked with destroying the world's last seed bank. "The Unplayable Etudes" follows a damaged yet brilliant pianist as she attempts to perform music designed to be impossible to play. In "Smaller Tragedies," a conflicted photographer documents the aftermath of an earthquake, while in "Dentists," a young man watches his neighbors flee under cover of night, fearful of the country-wide escalation of hate-based violence.
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Ethan Chatagnier has been awarded a Pushcart Prize in fiction and published stories in journals including Glimmer Train, New England Review, Georgia Review, Cincinnati Review, and Five Points. A graduate of Fresno State and Emerson College, he lives in Fresno, California, with his family.Author City: FRESNO, CA USA