The Era of Not Quite

The Era of Not Quite

by Douglas Watson
The Era of Not Quite

The Era of Not Quite

by Douglas Watson


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Douglas Watson's debut story collection is chock-a-block with deaths, births, sea and land voyages, excursions to the library, philosophical asides, and things like wolves.

Within the pellucid surface of these stories moves a surprising warmth and affection. People fall in and out of love, walk in and out of buildings, take two steps forward and two steps back. Life is discovered on the moon, only to make the earth feel more lonely. Futility is a theme of the book, but so is the necessity of trying. These spare, intricate stories bring a masterful edge of truth to a bleak and tender world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938160103
Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Series: American Readers Series , #19
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Douglas Watson is the winner of the first annual BOA Short Fiction Prize. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Ohio State Universityand an MA in history from Brown University. He works at TIME magazine and has also done editorial work at Sports Illustrated, The Journal, and two academic journals, The New England Quarterly and Current History. Stories from The Era of Not Quite have appeared in Tin House (online), Sou'Wester, and Fifty-Two Stories.

Table of Contents


Against Specificity 4

The Death of John O’Brien 16

The Era of Not Quite 19

Molly Rivers, 83, Held Outlandish Views 31

I’m Sorry I Lost the Scrap of Paper on Which You
Outlined Your Plans for the Future 33

My Memoir 34

When the World Broke 35

Men 44

My Foot Is on Fire 47

The Man Who Was Cast into the Void 48

What I Did on My Summer Vacation 52

Special Advertising Section 61

Wolves 65

The Purest Note That Had Ever Been Sung 67

Two Country Gentlemen 76

The Cave 78

Pachyderms 82

Life on the Moon 84

Marcy Loves Joey 85

The Fate of Mothers 86

Narrative of the Life of Jacob Livesey 87

Author Sentenced for Life 89

New Animal 92

The Messenger Who Did Not Become a Hero 106

Acknowledgments 125

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