Finding the Bones: Stories & A Novella


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$24.95  $23.20
Cornerstone Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.45 inches | 0.56 pounds

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About the Author

Nikki Kallio is an award-winning writer, editor, and educator. Her work has appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Minerva Rising, Wisconsin People & Ideas, and elsewhere. She lives and writes in central Wisconsin.


"With themes of home and homelessness, destruction and humanity, Nikki Kallio delivers a focused and nuanced collection with whimsical and surreal connections to Wisconsin and the Midwest. These are very fine stories." -Nickolas Butler, author of Shotgun Lovesongs and Godspeed

"Nikki Kallio sets an extraordinary number of storytelling plates spinning in the air, and brings them all to a satisfying rest. She deftly moves through time and space to illustrate griefs both massive and particular, as well as the impossibility of understanding and loving anything new." -Rebecca Meacham, author of Let's Do and Morbid Curiosities

"With astonishing range of form, and yet circling her themes like a bird of prey, Nikki Kallio presents Midwestern characters, familiar as our neighbors, grappling in startling ways with outer limits of human experiences. Moving seamlessly between spaceships, hoarders' houses and haunted houses, and scenes of a nighttime world overlaid with a virtual experience, Kallio gives us children attempting to uncover family secrets and parents struggling to hold dark truths at bay. Sharp as shovel blades, each story digs, taps, and unearths what it means to be human." -Jill Stukenberg, author of News of the Air

"Finding the Bones is a great example of how genre and lit-fic conventions can be blended to make something new-literary techno-Gothic, perhaps?" -Tom Miller, author of The Philosophers series

"Finding the Bones is a powerful collection of stories-filled with loss, grief, hope, and wonder. The humanity and truth in these stories will wash over you in a wave of pain, transcendence, and enlightenment. I couldn't put it down." -Richard Thomas, author of Spontaneous Human Combustion, Bram Stoker nominee

"Stunning compassion in every word." -Sue Burke, author of Semiosis