Fiction. DIRECTORY collects the lives of interconnected twins and triplets whose identities switch and blur and fracture as their plural selves crisscross the country. The inhabitants of the collection explore the causes of their trauma, reliving memories of past existences, looking for an end to their pain.
"Christopher Linforth's splendid DIRECTORY is composed of shrapnel selves, both aesthetic and existential, each shard sharp, concentrated, biting, brutal, devastating, and astonishing."—Lance Olsen
"Christopher Linforth's DIRECTORY offers prose that twins no others. Original crisp writing, taking its readers on an unforgettable journey, through portals of the unknown. A wonderful, surprising, powerful read."—Kim Chinquee
"Linforth's elegant and powerful prose invites the reader to join a chorus of collective voices that explore questions of identity, the constant uncomfortableness of growing up and the painful legacy of abuse."—María Alejandra Barrios, Smokelong Quarterly
"...what is distinctive about the book...its use of the story-fragment to both exploit brevity as a self-sufficient narrative strategy and to organize a series of such brief stories so that the result is a work that has structural coherence without strictly conforming to a pre-established form."—Daniel Green, The Reading Experience
"...refreshing at times, shocking, disorienting and puzzling at others, but throughout the entire book you follow a thread of tender humanity that begs you to identify with a perspective that squeezes, prods and stabs at the heart in a multiplicity of ways."—Levi Noe, Bending Genres
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Christopher Linforth has recently published work in The Millions, Fiction International, Epiphany, Notre Dame Review, Day One, Hotel Amerika, Descant, among other magazines. He has been awarded fellowships and scholarships to the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.Author City: USA