Where I Am Now: Stories

Where I Am Now: Stories

by Robert Day
     
 


Fiction. In his new story collection, WHERE WE ARE NOW, Robert Day brings new life to rural Western Kansas. Most of the stories are set in the fictional town of Bly, Kansas, and chronicle the daily life through a diverse set of perspectives ranging from a Russian-nuclear-attack fearing grandmother to a handyman who hunts for skulls along the Whitewoman River. Day… See more details below

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Fiction. In his new story collection, WHERE WE ARE NOW, Robert Day brings new life to rural Western Kansas. Most of the stories are set in the fictional town of Bly, Kansas, and chronicle the daily life through a diverse set of perspectives ranging from a Russian-nuclear-attack fearing grandmother to a handyman who hunts for skulls along the Whitewoman River. Day closes the book with a story about a Kansan man living for a time in rural France. As Day writes in his preface, "The reason my muse and I like first person stories is because together we can be more than ourselves as we tell them. It is as if we are creating a talking family, some of us from one generation and some from another, some adopted, some of dubious parentage."

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Publishers Weekly
In this slim seven-story collection, Pushcart Prize-winner Day puts forth a lyrical and discerning love letter to agrarian living. He highlights the quotidian events which concern those who cultivate these pastoral regions and are in turn cultivated by them. The result is meticulously crafted storytelling filled with all-too human characters often harboring defining secrets, from the widow in "The One-Man Woodcutter" who shoots birds deemed unworthy of her birdfeeder, to the well-intentioned but philandering motel handyman of "The Skull Hunter." All of the stories are told in first-person narration, which bolsters the confessional quality in their portraits of fraught relationships and rural loneliness. In the collection's opener, "My Father Swims His Horse At Last," we are shown a quirky, jocular farmer through the eyes of his baffled son, their affection becoming manifest as they labor on the mostly fallow farm. Only occasionally does Day cross the line into excessive sentimentality, such as in the titular story, which seemingly invokes every stereotype about its romanticized backdrop of provincial France. For the most part, however, Day's prose feels fresh and compelling, making for warmly appealing stories in this, his fourth book and second collection of short fiction. Agent: Rob McQuilkin, Lippincott, Massie, & McQuilkin. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886157828
Publisher:
BkMk Press of the University of Missouri-Kansas City
Publication date:
11/28/2012
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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