Fair Augusto and Other Stories

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Product Details
Price
$18.99  $17.66
Publisher
Paint Creek Press
Publish Date
Pages
350
Dimensions
5.5 X 8.5 X 0.78 inches | 0.98 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9798988378709

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About the Author
Laura Kalpakian is the internationally published author of twenty works of fiction and many short stories. Her most recent novel, The Great Pretenders (2019), is a tale of the blacklist era in Hollywood. Memory Into Memoir: a Handbook for Writers (nonfiction) appeared in 2021 published by University of New Mexico Press. American Cookery was nominated for the 2007 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and she has been awarded an NEA Literature Fellowship and twice the Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Award, as well as a Pen West Award, a Pushcart Prize and the Anahid Award for an American writer of Armenian descent. She has taught fiction, memoir and literature as a visiting writer. Educated on both the east and west coasts, she has a bachelor's and master's degree in history. She can be reached via her website, laurakalpakian.com, Facebook and Twitter.
Reviews

NEW YORK TIMES

"These stories exhibit a droll humor and a welcome sense of surprise. As a writer of short

fiction, Ms. Kalpakian's best efforts are her freest."

BOSTON HERALD

"The stories in 'Fair Augusto' are notable for their diversity, their scrupulousness, for the

considerable talents Kalpakian displays as a writer. It's a satisfying collection with plenty of staying power."

"Many of the stories in this first collection by Laura Kalpakian ...turn on varieties of love and

betrayal, the love and loyalty of a sister for an outlaw brother, the love of a mother for her wayward daughter, the love of a husband for his possibly unfaithful wife, the love of friend for friend."

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS DISPATCH

"Laura Kalpakian ...is a purveyor of the well-made tale. ...Kalpakian lingers over details,

enters into the lives of disparate characters and makes these leaps with an empathy for those people and a faith in classic short fiction elements, -description, character development, theme."

SEATTLE WEEKLY

"Not a trace of minimalism to be found this work. Instead there is a steady resonance about

the stories, a clear and generous narrative fabric, replete with telling dialogue, flawlessly constructed physical detail and believable characters who engage one both with sympathy and apprehension."

"Kalpakian's fiction remind one of Henry James or Nathaniel Hawthorne or even Melville in

their use of object as metaphor and/or portent...It seems a bold and unmodern gesture to risk so much to metaphor. Yet Kalpakian succeeds."

LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Kalpakian's strength is her ability to write in many different voices. She chooses the side of

the downtrodden...Her sympathies lie with deserted wife, the sister of a criminal, a cuckolded

husband, the prim and un-adventuresome secretary in an insurance firm...As a whole the collection wonderful, a rich and mature work, marked by signs of a real writer's gift...a book of highly accomplished stories."

THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

"...an ideal compilation should represent the versatility and range of a writer's efforts:

Kalpakian's collection -a first book no less-achieves what too many books do not. An admirable, strong collection."

SMALL PRESS: THE MAGAZINE OF INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING

"Laura Kalpakian's first collection of short stories is like an assembly of distinct and

memorable personalities. We are introduced to each without much ceremony, but none is needed.

What matters is the immediacy with which we can establish a rapport with the character and his or her situation...These polarities, reinforced by the energy and intensity with which Ms. Kalpakian infuses her characters...creates polished gems."

LIBRARY JOURNAL

"She deals unerringly with several worlds ...These are accessible stories with the feeling of

time passing, of people changing, of falling in love and moving beyond."

BOOKLIST

"Offering a heady mix of settings, voices and characters, Laura Kalpakian sounds a single

theme in her first collection of short fiction. Delineating the pain of love lost, whether filial or

romantic, Kalpakian artfully probes the tangle of human relationships...Almost old-fashioned in their careful attention to character development and plot, these stories prove surprisingly powerful.

MS MAGAZINE

"This fine collection of short fiction is filled with rich depictions of human frailty and

resilience, and characters who must relinquish their passionate attachments-whether it be to a

marriage or a memory."