Fiction. Fear and dread transform Glasser's characters, who include an abused single mother, a female college student in New York and a retired leadership trainer. All the characters run but cannot escape the images of danger that threaten them. "There is no showing off, no fancy footwork, no faking it," writes Gary Gildner, who selected DANGEROUS PLACES for the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. Booklist calls these "finely crafted and original stories" and writes that Glasser's characters "stumble on danger in the least likely places: grocery stores, shopping malls, backyards, and bedrooms." Lee K. Abbott writes, "The most dangerous places in Dangerous Places? Between our ears, it turns out, and in our needy hearts." Ron Carlson observes of Glasser and his characters: "He knows people. He understands the insistent magic of their ordinary dreams." Phillip Gerard writes that "Glasser is that rare writer whose stories unfold with the precision of a Swiss watch," and Ron Hansen called these stories "fabulous, funny, wildly different."
Perry Glasser is the author of four prior books of prize- winning prose. Riverton Noir was recipient of the Gival Press Novel Award (2012); DANGEROUS PLACES, a short fiction collection that received the 2008 G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize from BkMk Press (2009); Singing on the Titanic (Urbana and Chicago: The University of Illinois Press, 1987), a book recorded by the Library of Congress for the blind, and Suspicious Origins, short fiction, winner of the Minnesota Voices Competition (St. Paul: New Rivers Press, 1984). In 2012 he was named a Fellow of The Massachusetts Cultural Council for Creative Nonfiction/Memoir (2012). He has been in residence at The Norman Mailer House, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Yaddo, and Ucross, earned his MFA in Fiction at the University of Arizona, and teaches professional writing at Salem State University. Most recently, he is the author of METAMEMOIRS (Outpost19, 2012). Author City: HAVERHILL, MA USA