Donald Lystra’s first novel, Season of Water and Ice, was the winner of the 2009 Midwest Book Award for fiction, making a nice publicity splash for our fiction imprint, Switchgrass, which proudly published it. The book garnered lots of publicity too, earing praise for Switchgrass in the pages of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Detroit Free Press, Time Out Chicago magazine, and other venues. This volume gathers a bracing selection of short stories by Lystra that are very much cut from the same cloth as his highly acclaimed novel. The stories in Something That Feels Like Truth confound expected plot turns, and Lystra develops his characters patiently and naturally, bringing them into convincing and honest actions. Lystra was a career engineer before retiring and launching a second career as a writer: I like to think this is why his fiction operates with such mathematical precision. Every plot point in every story here holds an integral part in the imbuing of its beauty and meaning. You can also tell Lystra has read a lot of Hemingway and Chekov: and that he aspires to be an inheritor of their effectively concise tradition. But there’s a touch of Cheever in Lystra’s stories as well: what that master storyteller did for the suburbs of New York, Lystra does for the Midwest.
|Publisher:||Northern Illinois University Press|
|Product dimensions:||4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Donald Lystra is the author of Season of Water and Ice, the first novel published under Northern Illinois University Press’s fiction imprint Switchgrass back in 2009. Lystra has received creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and his work was cited for Special Mention in the 2002 Pushcart Prizes.