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Paperback: 180 pages

Publisher: Adelaide Books
(July 2018)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1-949180-13-1

ISBN-13: 978-1-949180-13-8

Product Dimensions:
6 x 1 x 9 inches

Price: $19.60

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THE UPROOTED AND OTHER STORIES
Short stories

By Michael Washburn

Headlines about displacement, identity, and alienation are in the news every day, but little real insight into these issues is available from Twitter feeds and short news items. The role of a fiction writer at the present juncture is not just to be always observing, as Henry James had it, but also to explore and analyze issues of global concern in all their richness and complexity.

Michael Washburn’s  short stories, some of which have appeared in national and small-circulation periodicals, are reflections of a fractured world. They depict the adventures and trials of people unsure of their place in the world and desperate for a sense of belonging. Here are just a few highlights:

In “The Hunting Party,” a fatal confrontation in rural Wisconsin throws tensions between newcomers and longtime residents into sharp relief. This powerful, suspenseful, and timely story has eerie and haunting overtones of Norse mythology.

In “Dissonance,” a journalist undergoing specialized therapy at a resort finds his bourgeois world increasingly fragmented as memories of trauma assume a new, frightening immediacy.

In “The Convict’s Tale,” the administrators of a prison on a remote island find ways to turn sociologist Erving Goffman’s theory of the “total institution” into a reality, with terrifying results for the inmates and ultimately for themselves.

In “The Detour,” a naïve young American finds himself lost in the wilds of Romania at a time of heightened global tensions, but the people he encounters do not conform at all to his blinkered expectations.
In “Voyeur,” a lonely man in a hotel comes face to face with the real social beliefs and attitudes of townspeople who have reluctantly sent their young generations out into the cities, and the truth is more shocking than any nightmare.

These tales about the theme of "uprooted-ness" have riveted and captivated readers, and now they are available for publication as a book.

 


Michael Washburn is a Brooklyn-based writer and journalist. His short stories have appeared in numerous journals and magazines including Green Hills Literary Lantern, Rosebud, Adelaide, Weird Fiction Review, New Orphic Review, Stand, Still Point Arts Quarterly, Lakeview Journal, Black Fox Literary Magazine, Bryant Literary Journal, Meat for Tea, Marathon Literary Review, Prick of the Spindle, and other publications. Michael is the author of an acclaimed cover story in the Philadelphia City Paper, entitled "Home and Abroad." He is the author of a previous short fiction collection, Scenes from the Catastrophe (2016).

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