Winner of the AWP Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. The stories in this first collection deliver the reader into a world in which men, women, and children are on the cusp of some deeper consciousness. The writing gives lie to orderly images of Midwesterners and instead evokes with unnerving clarity an interior landscape that is primitive and quietly chaotic. This is life in the balance-"whole worlds at the moment of rupture." The children and adolescent characters search for a moral compass or center, while the adults tangle with their own desires. And yet in these unprotected places people thrive in unexpected ways. Published in association with the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)
Nona gives an overview of the book:
The picture on the cover of the dairy magazine was of a middle-aged farm woman, about forty, smiling directly, yet shyly, into the camera. She wore five blue ribbons around her neck. Her skin was clear, almost translucent, and her eyes were lovely and innocent, not the innocence of the religious devout or a child -- she was a grown woman -- but the sure-footed innocence of a herdswoman. The woman in the picture was once my friend -- that is why my father sent the magazine -- and for a moment I felt transported against my will back to my parents’ home, the air too thin, the rooms too small, me pacing the short hallway from my bedroom to the living room window, and I felt a wave of the deepest longing I had ever known, a longing too large for the body, almost cartoonish unless you are the one living it, and you are fourteen, and then it is deathly serious.
Nona Caspers's recent book of stories HEAVIER THAN AIR was awarded the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and was an Editors' Choice in the New York Times Book Review. "darkly funny, compassionate and unsentimental" said Booklist and "pungent" and "artful" notes San...
"Set mostly in rural Minnesota, this debut collection's stories are aching, spare studies of survival and desire. . . . Several of the central characters are girls growing up in the 1960s and '70s who...