Fiction. This collection of "linked, rural-noir" stories depicts endangered humans in endangered environment. Jaimee Wriston Colbert has given us a story collection for our times. In WILD THINGS, Colbert's human characters face displacement, just like the tropical alligator who appears in New York's Susquehanna River. They face sheer desperation, like that of an ohia tree clinging to solid lava on a Hawaiian volcano. In an environment where good-paying factory jobs are an endangered species, Colbert's protagonists confront such post-industrial predations as meth, homelessness, and the ghosts of lost dreams. Their survival is their triumph.
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