A Storm in the Stars: A Novel of Mary Shelley


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Delphinium Books
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6.3 X 9.26 X 1.02 inches | 0.97 pounds

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About the Author

Don Zancanella's most recent novel Concord was released in April 2021 (Serving House Books). Zancanella is well known as a short fiction writer, including his John Simmons/Iowa Short Fiction award winning collection, Western Electric (University of Iowa Press, 1996) and the 1998 O. Henry Prize winner "The Chimpanzees of Wyoming Territory" published in the Alaska Quarterly Review. More recently, "Mr. Dog" was cited as a distinguished story of the year in the 2019 Best American Short Stories, and "Feed Them" has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2020). Don Zancanella taught at the University of New Mexico and lived in Albuquerque. He currently lives and writes in Idaho with his wife and rescue dogs.


Praise for Western Electric: "Cumulatively, the eight stories in this exceptionally cohesive first collection feel novelistic in scope and scale. Most of the tales are set in the wide open spaces of Wyoming, ranging in time from 1868 to the late 1970s. A strong sense of how landscape and geography shape and mould character permeates the book. In the clever and subtle 'Disarmament, ' two loners, one an Air Force captain in charge of maintaining decoy missile silos, the other a schoolteacher from Cheyenne who rents a two-room cabin on the prairie each summer, discover each other through their affinity for the plains . . . In fact, as the title suggests, the incursion of technology into the West--the world's inexorable reeling in of its open spaces--is the theme that unites this polished collection."--Publishers Weekly
"Selected by Oscar Hijuelos, this 1996 winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award brings together eight stories set in the West, predominantly in Wyoming. As unadorned as the western plains, these tales feature some distinctive characters described in functional, no-frills prose. Originally published in literary magazines, Zancanella's tales move back and forth in time, summoning both the wild days of the 19th century and the present age of corporate ranching. An earnest debut--Zancanella could develop into a regional writer of interest."--Kirkus Reviews