Characters in the eleven stories in Nowhere Near act in ways that some might call "divinest madness." Some of them have been pushed near their limits by years of stress. Others mourn and grieve and discover feelings they can't admit aloud. A sense of duty drives another to believe in aliens, at least for a while. Some of their behavior is simply laughable, other flirts with death, and the rest ranges from dangerous to near heroic . These characters vary widely, yet all have in common that they live in or come from West Texas, where spaces are wider and tolerance for strangeness seems just a bit greater. Whether readers agree these characters are nowhere near crazy, they may admit they all are doing what humans do-what makes sense to them at the time.
|Publisher:||MidTown Publishing Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)|
About the Author
Teddy Jones has worked as a nurse, nurse practitioner, university professor, college dean, occasional farmhand, and now she writes fiction. She grew up in a small north Texas town, Iowa Park, and gained college degrees in nursing at Incarnate Word and University of Texas and a Ph.D. in Education at University of Texas at Austin. She taught nursing and held administrative positions in Austin, Denver, and Lubbock. She was the Founding Dean of the School of Nurisng at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. And she worked as a nurse practitioner in Texas and New Mexico. Prior to devoting her work to fiction, she wrote a monthly column for The Farmer Stockman , a farm magazine. She co-authored 100 Doses, a book of essays for rural women and A Stone for Every Journey, a biographical novel. She also is the author of Left Early, Arrived Late, a biography. She received the Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Spalding University, Louisville, KY. Short stories by Jones have been published in 94 Creations, RealSouth Magazine, and Persimmon Tree. Her work has been short-listed for finalist in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition in 2011, 2012, and 2013, plus finalist in that competition for short story in 2014. In 2015, she received the first prize Gold Medal in that competition for a short story, Clean Getaway. Her first novel, Halfwide was published in 2012. Jackson’s Pond, Texas, her second, was published in October 2013 and was a finalist in contemporary fiction for the Willa Award from Women Writing the West.