WINNER OF THE BOA SHORT FICTION PRIZE
ON THE WASHINGTON POST'S 2017 'A SUMMER BOOK LIST LIKE NO OTHER'
Gravity Changes is a collection of fantastical, off-beat stories that view the quotidian world through the lens of the absurd. Set in a surreal, fictional world that is populated by strange, fascinating characterschildren who defy gravity, a man who marries a light bulb, the Devil and his ex-wifethese stories take wide steps outside of reality, finding new ways to illuminate truth.
Zach Powers lives and writes in Savannah, Georgia. The co-founder of the literary arts nonprofit Seersucker Live, his promotional writing for television has won an Emmy Award, and he is currently a columnist for Savannah Morning News.
About the Author
Zach Powers lives and writes in Savannah, Georgia. Winner of the BOA Short Fiction Prize, his work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Forklift, Ohio, PANK, Caketrain, and elsewhere. He is the co-founder of the literary arts nonprofit Seersucker Live, and leads the writers’ workshop at the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, where he also served on the board of directors. His promotional writing for television won an Emmy, and he is a former columnist for Savannah Morning News.
Table of Contents
a tinkle is the sound of two things meeting but failing to merge
Joan Plays Power Ballads with Slightly Revised Lyrics
Children in Alaska
The Eating Habits of Famous Actors
The Tunnels They Dig
When as Children We Acted Memorably
Use Your Spoon
This Next Song
One Has Hugs the Other Punches
The Loneliness of Large Bathrooms
Little Gray Moon
Unlearn to Seek
My 9/11 Story
What People are Saying About This
“A wonderfully vertiginous, through-the-looking-glass story collection, packed with Powers’s one-of-a-kind humor and insight. With his extraordinary imagination and vitalizing prose, Powers can make anything live, and does. He is fluently conversant with the Devil, the dead, children, animals, astronauts, and newlywedsand this is just a partial roster of the wild crew aboard this ship. Goofy and profound, lyrical and exhilarating, Gravity Changes is a thrilling, rocket-fueled debut.”
“Here is a collection for those in love with language, in love with wonder, and in love with the transformative power of storytelling. These stories will make you laugh and cry and wonder how exactly Zach Powers does it. Powers is brilliant, an ecstatic and exciting new voice.”
“Gravity Changes is an unceasingly inventive and sharply observed collection of short stories. In it, Powers paints a quirky, skewed world, but one that's wholly recognizable. Readers will encounter characters who defy gravity, lightbulbs incarnate, portals to other dimensions, and co-workers who read messages of guilt etched on one another's foreheads. The collection is darkly comic, and sometimes otherworldly, but always perceptive, exploring a landscape of human emotions: loss, longing, loneliness, and nostalgia. Fantastical and hilarious, profound and melancholy, Gravity Changes is a force of nature, and Zach Powers is a major talent to watch.”