Fiction. Floyd Skloot's new book gathers sixteen stories that combine unsentimental comedy and forceful emotion. As in his award-winning poetry and memoirs, Skloot's fiction shows how individual people, families, and communities face the starkest of challenges, including bodily maladies, the most harrowing of which often come with aging. Yet alienating experience can lead to moments of powerful intimacy, as dark times are lit by sudden incursions of love and hope, and a yearning for community summons poignant expression. "This is a brave, luminous, searingly unswerving vision of the life that exists so powerfully in those persistent dreams we have for ourselves, good and bad—those secret passions that seem strong enough to survive us, and that endure all the way out to the end of our lives.... These stories are not only brilliant, they are necessary"—Richard Bausch.
author sitePublishers Weekly, starred review
Floyd Skloot's poetry, memories, essays and fiction have won three Pushcart Prizes, the PEN USA Literary Award, two Pacific Northwest Book Awards, and have been finalists for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the PEN Award for the Art of the Essay, and the Paterson Prize in Poetry. In 2010, he was named "one of fifty of the most inspiring authors in the world" by Poets & Writers. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays, Best American Science Writing, Best Spiritual Writing, and Best Food Writing. Skloot's most recent books include APPROXIMATELY PARADISE (Tupelo Press, 2005), The Snow's Music (2006), The End of Dreams (2008), CREAM OF KOHLRABI (Tupelo Press, 2011), Revertigo: An off- Kilter Memoir (2014), and CLOSE READING (Eyewear Publishing, 2014).Author City: Portland, OR USA