An Orphanage of Dreams

Sam Savage (Author)
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Praise for Sam Savage:
"Savage's is a book of the heart as much as the head. Which is itself an accomplishment of no small note: to recognize the arbitrary, degraded thing that is memory, and allow it its loveliness for all of that." --New York Times Book Review
"A Southern childhood in duskier, Tennessee Williams times, offering an aphoristic scattering of memories--one- and two-sentence stand-alones that spill isolated down the page like little gems . . . showing us how memory works and how we make sense of our lives, drip by drip and sensation by sensation." --Library Journal
"With paragraphs as rich as koans, this is as powerful a meditation on living life--and facing its end--as you are likely to read anytime soon." --Booklist
An Orphanage of Dreams is a collection of stripped down visitations-flash fictions of smoke breaks and long drives and friends who finally stop showing up. The acidic tang of disappointment is here, and sparks of biting insight, in portraits of people and animals, in all our absurdity and failed attempts at meaning. As Sam Savage says, "what a life."
Sam Savage is the best-selling author of Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife, The Cry of the Sloth, Glass, The Way of the Dog, and It Will End with Us. A native of South Carolina, Savage holds a PhD in Philosophy from Yale University. He was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the PEN New England Award, and the Society of Midland Authors Award. Savage resides in Madison, Wisconsin

Product Details

Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
Coffee House Press
Publish Date
January 08, 2019
Pages
160
Dimensions
4.5 X 0.6 X 7.3 inches | 0.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781566895309
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About the Author

Sam Savage is the best-selling author of Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife, The Cry of the Sloth, Glass, The Way of the Dog, and It Will End with Us. A native of South Carolina, Savage holds a PhD in philosophy from Yale University. He was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the PEN L.L. Winship Award, and the Society of Midland Authors Award. Savage resides in Madison, Wisconsin.

Reviews

"Reading the novel can feel like admiring dewdrops on a spider's web, each paragraph and sentence glittering exquisitely. . . . Savage's is a book of the heart as much as the head. Which is itself an accomplishment of no small note: to recognize the arbitrary, degraded thing that is memory, and allow it its loveliness for all of that." --New York Times Sunday Book Review "Savage's lean, meditative novels, so meticulously pitched and poised, eschew the bloated excess and garish dazzle that can mar those from writers half his age. . . . In Savage's novel, or Eve's 'inventory of tiny things, ' it is the small, fleeting and quiet details that speak volumes." --Star Tribune "A Southern childhood in duskier, Tennessee Williams times, offering an aphoristic scattering of memories--one- and two-sentence stand-alones that spill isolated down the page like little gems . . . showing us how memory works and how we make sense of our lives, drip by drip and sensation by sensation." --Library Journal "Stream-of-consciousness fiction with a satisfying emotional weight: another intriguing experiment in narrative voice from Savage." --Kirkus "An elegiac, articulate tale." --Publishers Weekly "With paragraphs as rich as koans, this is as powerful a meditation on living life--and facing its end--as you are likely to read anytime soon." --Booklist

"Savage's narratives are bravura displays of authorial concision and meticulous detail." --Publishers Weekly

"An Orphanage of Dreams . . . implores you to slow down and savor the final writings of a man who had a lot to say." --Isthmus

"An Orphanage of Dreams is a collection as quiet and new as the dawn. These surprising parables, not unlike Primo Levi's, made me feel part of a kinder, larger world. Anyone who has suffered and still dares to hope should read this book by the extraordinary writer Sam Savage." --Kate Bernheimer

"Open the door of this Orphanage of Dreams and walk as if on clouds. Dreams reveal, condense, betray, distort, translate, highlight, let slip, point to a higher truth. And so do these stories, a delicate lattice of language and longing. A thorough delight for the senses. Your waking hours will never be the same." --Cristina Rivera Garza

"With his last literary breath, Sam Savage has once again given readers insight into those we may think to pass by hurriedly or who we might not notice at all." --Big Other



Praise for Sam Savage

"Savage's is a book of the heart as much as the head. Which is itself an accomplishment of no small note: to recognize the arbitrary, degraded thing that is memory, and allow it its loveliness for all of that." --New York Times

"Savage's lean, meditative novels, so meticulously pitched and poised, eschew the bloated excess and garish dazzle that can mar those from writers half his age." --Star Tribune