Quality Snacks

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Wayne State University Press
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5.0 X 7.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author
Andy Mozina is the author of the story collection The Women Were Leaving the Men (Wayne State University Press, 2007) which won the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. His fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, including Tin House, Ecotone, Fence, The Southern Review, and The Missouri Review, and has received special citations in Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize, and New Stories from the Midwest. Mozina is professor of English at Kalamazoo College.

Printers Row recently caught up with Mozina, 52, whose previous books include two short story collections, The
Women Were Leaving the Men (2007) and Quality Snacks (2014), both published by Wayne State University Press.

--Kevin Nance "Chicago Tribune"

Mozina's characters come to wry, melancholy insights that don't help them improve their lives, but endear
them to readers. . . Quality Snacks is too funny to call an elegy for the Rust Belt, but Midwesterners will have no problem recognizing the architecture of sagging gutters, decaying strip malls and part-time pizza delivery jobs of the
downwardly mobile, who can't stop scrabbling for a toehold on the debris-strewn slopes of their lives. After
all, as these stories show, things could always get worse.

--Yvonne Zipp "MLive"

This collection of 15 unusually well-crafted pieces of short fiction will be savored in its variety of elements - point of view, voice, humor - and Mozina's instinct for the apt phrase. Characters are memorable and touching by their thoughts and actions as well as by their humanity. . . These stories, largely set in the Midwest, will appeal to. . . anyone who appreciates good writing.

--Ellen Loughran "Booklist"

Author Andy Mozina's latest collection of fifteen short stories, Quality Snacks, greets readers with a variety of well-written fare, a little something for every palate. These character-driven stories examine topics such as office power dynamics, irrational animal fears, elf genocide at the North Pole, Dorito and porn addiction, nonsexual affairs, and how to be a 'woman of peace.' But this is just a sampling, a taste-testing stroll through the Costco warehouse of Mozina's Quality Snacks. . . Andy Mozina is a talented individual. His newly minted collection of quality shorts leaves readers with plenty of food for thought...

--Mindy M. Jones "Chicago Review Of Books"

Mr. Mozina's work is first rate and fans of Carver, Saunders and a certain kind of Marquez-esque fabulist literature will find much to like in this collection.

--Gareth Spark "Fjords Review"