Gateway to Paradise: Stories


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$15.95  $14.83
Persea Books
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5.3 X 0.6 X 8.1 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author

Matthew Vollmer is the author of two short-story collections-Future Missionaries of America and Gateway to Paradise-as well as two previous collections of essays-inscriptions for headstones and Permanent Exhibit. He was the editor of A Book of Uncommon Prayer, which collects invocations from more than sixty acclaimed and emerging authors, and served as co-editor of Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, "Found" Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts. His work has appeared in venues such as Paris Review, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares, Tin House, Oxford American, The Sun, The Pushcart Prize anthology, and Best American Essays. He teaches at Virginia Tech, where he is Professor of English.


Surreal, grittily realistic, comic, and tragic at times, but always entertaining. Matthew Vollmer is a very talented writer, and all of that talent is on display in this exceptional collection.--Ron Rash
A beautifully voiced, precise, hilarious, utterly serious, and extremely impressive book.--David Shields
Vollmer's collection is lyrical and honest...unique and character driven stories.
There's a certain wedge of the American South where mountains give way to idyllic college towns and tall tales give way to the ghosts that inspired them. It's the geographical confluence of truth and fiction, history and folklore, and Matthew Vollmer mines that rich terrain in Gateway to Paradise, a collection of short stories that follows disparate lives entangled in the Appalachians like vines of kudzu, tethered by secrets and stories. . . . Vollmer's best stories have a ring of truth . . . . [his characters are] as distinct and magnetic as the region they inhabit.