Boy Oh Boy
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About the Author
Zachary Doss was a writer and editor whose work appeared in Sonora Review, Fourteen Hills, Fairy Tale Review, Caketrain, DIAGRAM, Paper Darts, and other journals. His short story "Bespoke" was the winner of the 2016 Puerto del Sol Short Fiction Contest. He held an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama, where he taught composition and rhetoric, literature, and creative writing. He was also pursuing a PhD in creative writing and literature at the University of Southern California at the time of his death.
There's a sly and unprepossessing humor to these stories, the feeling of someone waiting for you to notice the joke, though there's never just one. It's right there in the title--Boy Oh Boy--and it is something you might say as you read these stories of the way we are all abandoned to this world, to make of it what we can. Zach Doss is a writer to celebrate. He didn't live long enough to give us more than this, but here is a book that sings like a troubadour under the balcony at midnight, songs of love and trouble, again and again, seemingly effortless and full of charm. Pick it up.
--Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
Playful, wistful, lustful, and liminal, Zachary Doss's Boy Oh Boy proves much larger than the sum of its parts. Doss explores the queerness of love, and how that love permeates--even in its absence--all parts of our lives. The boys (and boyfriends) of the collection may be mechanically replaceable, or miniature and multiple, or complicated in a dozen other ways, but they come to full life in Doss's stories. The shortest of these stories have a kind of effervescent charm that only increases the deeper you get into the collection. It's boys all the way down.
--Kelly Link, 2018 AWP Award Series Winners Judge for Short Fiction