Fiction. DREAM LIVES OF BUTTERFLIES is about the discrepancy between the haves and the have-nots at the end of twentieth century in America, a time of stock-market boom and working-class bust. Colbert's characters are mostly in the latter camp. Set mostly in a St. Louis apartment complex, with connecting stories in Illinois and Hawai'i, DREAM LIVES OF BUTTERFLIES explores psychic damage and the flesh in conflict with the spirit. "Jaimee Wriston Colbert's new episodic novel-in-stories is a jewel in both its form and its feeling," writes Madison Smartt Bell. "DREAM LIVES OF BUTTERFLIES is full of startling wisdom and high-flown humor," writes Diana Abu-Jaber. Colbert, who was born and raised in Hawai'i, now lives in New York State.
Jaimee Wriston Colbert is the author of SHARK GIRLS, a finalist for the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year and USA Book News Best Book of 2010 awards; the linked story collection, DREAM LIVES OF BUTTERFLIES, a gold medal winner of the 2008 Independent Publisher Award; a novel in stories, Climbing the God Tree, winner of the Willa Cather Fiction Prize; and the story collection, Sex, Salvation, and the Automobile, winner of the Zephyr Prize. Her stories have appeared in numerous journals, including Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, Praire Schooner, Tampa Review, Connecticut Review, and New Letters. Originally from Hawai'i, she is professor of English and creative writing at SUNY, Binghamton University.Author City: Binghamton, NY USA