Fiction. Asian American Studies. MEMORY SICKNESS by Phong Nguyen is the winner of the 2010 Elixir Press Fiction Award. It is a loosely related series of short stories, set in Rhode Island, that illuminates our tentative and painful paths in this world. William Giraldi has this to say about it: "Dead-on in its depiction of modern malaise, MEMORY SICKNESS will burn in your own memory forever, assuring you of the sickness we are. Phong Nguyen has crafted stories with zero at the bone, stories of how the child is father of the man, of what we do to one another in this world, and what we do to ourselves. His Providence, Rhode Island, seems borne into being by the bastard offspring of Denis Johnson and Mary Gaitskill: a place of danger, horror, and the dim hope necessary for our survival. This book will scar you."
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Phong Nguyen's most recent book of short-stories is PAGES FROM THE TEXTBOOK OF ALTERNATE HISTORY (Mastodon Publishing, 2019). He is the author of the novel The Adventures of Joe Harper (Outpost19, 2016), winner of the Prairie Heritage Book Award), and the short-story collection MEMORY SICKNESS AND OTHER STORIES (Elixir Press, 2011), winner of the Elixir Press Fiction Award. He coedited the volume NANCY HALE: ON THE LIFE & WORK OF A LOST AMERICAN MASTER (Pleiades Press, 2012) with Dan Chaon and Norah Lind. Individual stories by Nguyen have appeared in more than 50 national literary journals in print and online, including Agni, Boulevard, Iowa Review, Massachusetts Review, North American Review, New Letters, River Styx, and Kenyon Review Online. He is the Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he lives with his wife—the artist Sarah Nguyen—and their three children.Author City: COLUMBIA, MO USA