Great American Desert: Stories


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Ohio State University Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.6 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Recipient of a Guggenheim, Terese Svoboda is the author of seventeen books of prose, poetry, memoir, translation, and biography, including six books of fiction--most recently, Bohemian Girl.


"Terese Svoboda has brought a poet's lyrical intensity and factual density to prose fiction and writes like no one else." --Tom McGuane
"I read this as a new American Gothic where the endless flatness is not so much broken as broken open into utterly new dimensions. I'm blown away." --Michael Martone, author of Michael Martone and Brooding
"A devious and extraordinary new collection of stories from one of our best writers." --Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!
"[Svoboda's] enigmatic sentences, elliptical narratives, and percussive plots delve into the possibilities of form, genre, and plausible futures, but always with an eye on the vast subterranean psychologies of her all-too-real creations." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Svoboda transports readers to a fantastical American West in this collection of stories that surprise, disturb, and amuse in equal measure." -Publisher's Weekly

"In Terese Svoboda's expansive new short story collection, Great American Desert, her meticulous and lyrical prose brings these stories to life in ways that are often stunning, deeply felt, and uniquely perceptive. Taken alone, these stories--some of which are flash stories clocking in under four pages-- provide their own vivid snapshots of lands and people frequently in contradiction with themselves. Taken as a whole, the collection is like layers of stratum that produce a beautiful yet ominous portrait of an ecosystem that's given more than it can sustain, and people who have taken more than they deserve." --Dylan Brown, Los Angeles Review of Books