Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons: Stories

Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons: Stories

by Keith Rosson

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With Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons, award-winning author Keith Rosson once again delves into notions of family, identity, indebtedness, loss, and hope, with the surefooted merging of literary fiction and magical realism he's explored in previous novels. In "Dunsmuir," a newly sober husband buys a hearse to help his wife spread her sister's ashes, while "The Lesser Horsemen" illustrates what happens when God instructs the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to go on a team-building cruise as a way of boosting their frayed morale. In "Brad Benske and the Hand of Light," an estranged husband seeks his wife's whereabouts through a fortuneteller after she absconds with a cult, and the returning soldier in "Homecoming" navigates the strange and ghostly confines of his hometown, as well as the boundaries of his own grief. With grace, imagination, and a brazen gallows humor, Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons merges the fantastic and the everyday, and includes new work as well as award-winning favorites.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946154545
Publisher: Meerkat Press, LLC
Publication date: 02/23/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 206
Sales rank: 928,216
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Keith Rosson is the award-winning author of the novels The Mercy of the Tide and Smoke City.  Keith Rosson is the award-winning author of the novels The Mercy of the Tide and Smoke City. His short fiction has appeared in Cream City Review, PANK, Outlook Springs, Black Static, Phantom Drift, December, and more. He lives in Portland, Oregon. More info can be found at

Table of Contents

The Lesser Horsemen 1

At This Table 17

Baby Jill 25

Their Souls Climb the Room 32

Hospitality 44

This World or the Next 58

Gifts 70

Coyote 84

Yes, We are Duly Concerned with Calamitous Events 94

Winter, Spring, Whatever Happens After That 110

Forgive Me This 125

Dunsmuir 131

Homecoming 148

The Melody of the Thing 159

Brad Benske and the Hand of Light 176

Acknowledgments 191

About the Author 193

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