Walking on Water and Other Stories


Walking on Water gathers together an engaging and compelling
collection of short stories by 24 of the many talented writers to have
graduated from The University of Alabama's Program in Creative Writing
over the past 20 years. Editor ...

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Walking on Water gathers together an engaging and compelling
collection of short stories by 24 of the many talented writers to have
graduated from The University of Alabama's Program in Creative Writing
over the past 20 years. Editor Allen Wier, who taught fiction writing
at Alabama from 1980 to 1994, offers us in this celebration of writing
a variety of fictional voices that represent widely differing
sensibilities and visions. Some stories are by writers whose literary
careers are well begun, while others appear here in print for the first
time. Wier named the collection after the story by Kim Trevathan, this
author's first published fiction, because walking
on water is such an apt figure for what the fiction writer attempts
with each new story's beginning.

Walking on Water is an outstanding anthology, surprising in the rich
variety of its voices and stances, extraordinary in the sustained quality
of all of the 24 stories.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This work stands firmly on its own, and yet it should also be said that it speaks eloquently for the diversity and high quality of the Alabama Program in Creative Writing. Editor Allen Wier has done a first-rate job of selection."
—George Garrett, University of Virginia

"This wonderful collection of short fiction is proof once again of the contribution of writing programs like the one at Alabama. Those looking for some first-rate stories should look no further."
—Charles East

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817307851
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Allen Wier — Vice Chancellor of the Fellowship of Southern Writers — is the author of a book of stories, Things About to Disappear, and four novels, Blanco, Departing as Air, A Place for Outlaws and Tehano. Wier has edited Voicelust: Eight Contemporary Writers on Style and Walking on Water and Other Stories. His fiction and essays have appeared in The Southern Review, Five Points, The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Shenandoah and The New York Times.  Awards include the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature and the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Wier teaches at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he was awarded the Hodges Chair for Distinguished Teaching

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Fighting 5
Duck Hunting 15
Epilogue 17
The Taming Power of the Small 28
Hema, My Hema 40
Foley's Escape Story 49
Mississinewa 57
Prance Williams Swims Again 64
Charlotte 71
Forced Landing 83
Wau-Ban-See 95
Crawford and Luster's Story 109
Howard in the Roses 121
What Comes Next 124
The Twin 138
Won't Nobody Ever Love You Like Your Daddy Does 150
Stairsteps 164
Hardware Man 176
The Wunderkind 189
In the MacAdams' Swimming Pool 196
Sipsey's Woods 201
Walking on Water 209
Carl's Outside 218
Stoner's Room 227
Contributors 239
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