Bret Anthony Johnston
‘A GORGEOUS, ACCOMPLISHED DEBUT’
DAVID MITCHELL, Independent (Books of the Year)
Short stories by Bret Anthony Johnston, award-winning author of Remember Me Like This. An intensely moving collection set in the eye of life’s storms.
In Corpus Christi, Texas – a town often hit by hurricanes – parents, children, and lovers come together and fall apart, bonded and battered by memories of loss that they feel as acutely as physical pain.
A car accident joins strangers linked by an intimate knowledge of madness. A teenage boy remembers his father’s act of sudden and self-righteous violence. A ‘hurricane party’ reunites a couple whom tragedy parted. And, in an unforgettable three-story cycle, an illness heals a man’s relationship with his mother and reveals the odd, shifting fidelity of truth to love.
Told in fresh, lyrical voices and taut, inventive styles, these narratives explore the complex volatility of love and intimacy, sorrow and renewal. Writing with tough humor, deep humanity, and a keen eye for the natural environment, Bret Anthony Johnston creates a world where cataclysmic events cut people loose from their ‘regular lives, floating and spiraling away from where we had been the day before.’
PRAISE FOR CORPUS CHRISTI
‘A gorgeous, accomplished debut’
David Mitchell, Independent (Books of the Year)
‘Stunning and complex’
Los Angeles Times
‘These stories are relentlessly sober, large-hearted, and intense’
Boston Sunday Globe
‘Fans of Raymond Carver’s spare, carefully crafted stories will rejoice’
San Francisco Chronicle
‘In the mold of Denis Johnson, Ian McEwan, and Barry Gifford, Johnston is a writer of stories that peel away the soul of a man’
‘Compelling and haunting’
‘A promising debut collection… Johnston’s Corpus is America in microcosm’
‘Bret Anthony Johnston’s honesty is a beacon to the soul’
Chris Offutt, Tin House
‘In simple, unadorned prose [Johnston] goes to the heart of each loss and makes his readers care about lives that usually merit no more than a paragraph in the local paper’
‘Ordinary people in ordinary circumstances are the catalysts for extraordinary fiction in this impressive debut collection of short stories’
Dallas Morning News
Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the award-winning Corpus Christi, and the novel Remember Me Like This, a New York Times Notable Book and one of the Observer‘s best Holiday Reads.
His work appears in the Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, the Paris Review, the Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere.
A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he’s the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a 5 Under 35 honor from the National Book Foundation. He teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars and at Harvard University, where he is the Director of Creative Writing.
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