Winner, USABookNews.com Best Book Award
In these stories, fear and dread transform the varied characters, who include an abused single mother, a female college student in New York City, a retired/unemployed leadership trainer, and others. All of them run but cannot escape the images of danger that threaten them. ''The most dangerous places in Dangerous Places? Between our ears, it turns out, and in our needy hearts,'' writes Lee K. Abbott. Ron Carlson observes of Glasser and his characters: ''He knows people. He understands the insistent magic of their ordinary dreams.'' Phillip Gerard writes that ''Glasser is that rare writer whose stories unfold with the precision of a Swiss watch,'' and Ron Hansen calls these stories ''fabulous, funny, wildly different.'' This book won the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, selected by Gary Gildner.
Perry Glasser's stories have won the PEN Syndicated Fiction Prize three times and the Boston Fiction Festival twice. He is the author of two prior fiction collections: Suspicious Origins, which won the Minnesota Voices Award (New Rivers Press) and Singing on the Titanic (University of Illinois Press). A former public high school English teacher in New York City as well as magazine editor, he currently coordinates the Professional Writing program at Salem State College in Massachusetts.
Excellent reading for those who value meditative, beautiful storytelling.—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal (starred review) ...
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