Bleachers: Fifty-Four Linked Fictions

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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.43 inches | 0.62 pounds

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About the Author
Joseph Mills is on the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he holds an endowed chair, the Susan Burress Wall Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities. He has published seven collections of poetry, including This Miraculous Turning, which was awarded the North Carolina Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry for its exploration of race and family. He made it through the first part of the pandemic by having Friday night dance parties with his family in their garage.

In Bleachers, Joe Mills pulls back the curtain on an oft-ridiculed segment of society, the "soccer mom" (or dad!) and reveals the deeper recesses of the human psyche. The realization that to have a child is "the death of the self," that some days the best you can do as a parent is "just be there," and myriad other epiphanies. From Pre-Game to Post-Game, from "Aging" to "Zidane," there are life lessons for player and parent. --Shaindel Beers, author of Secure Your Own Mask, Winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize

I am not sure I have encountered a writer who can so completely, and continuously, blindside me with a smack of emotion as Joseph Mills always does. Reading several of these stories, I was nodding along, thinking yep, yep, yep . . . and then WHOA. I found pieces of myself in so many of the parents, and so clearly identified other family members and people I know in some of the other characters. I love the connections between the stories and how he perfectly captures life as a parent. This is simply fantastic. --Jamie Rogers Southern, Bookmarks