both books University of Georgia Press
Help us celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and the publication of work by two recent winners.
At the heart of Hugh Sheehy's thoughtful thrillers are finely crafted character studies of people who wrestle with the darker aspects of human nature—grief, violence, loneliness, and the thoughts of crazed minds. In this debut, Sheehy shines a spotlight on the bleak fringes of America, giving voice to The Invisibles who need it most. In a starred review of The Invisibles, Publishers Weekly called Sheehy “a wicked new talent.” Hugh Sheehy received his MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and is now a lecturer at Yeshiva College in New York City. His stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Kenyon Review, Best American Mystery Stories, and others. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.
In Amina Gautier’s Brooklyn, some kids make it and some kids don’t, but not in simple ways or for stereotypical reasons. In At-Risk, now in paperback, Gautier explores the lives of young African Americans who are trying to survive in complicated circumstances. Within these stories they exist as real people and can be seen as they are, in the moment of choosing. Amina Gautier is an assistant professor of English at DePaul University. (At-Risk will also be discussed by the Women’s Book Group on December 18th.)
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