BkMk Press Books

Love Letters from a Fat Man

Stories

by Benaron, Naomi

Price: $16.95, 232 pages

ISBN: 9781886157606, 2007

 

Winner of the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, selected by Stuart Dybek

Honorable Mention, Eric Hoffer Award

Finalist, Montaigne Medal

 

Benaron's stories cover a remarkable range of themes and conflicts, including family relationships, genocide in Rwanda and Europe, the American Jewish experience, women's experience in traditionally male fields, and such challenges as mental illness and physical mortality. Yet beyond its deft depictions of conflict, Benaron's stories offer the reader a wide range of hope, humor, pathos, and literary transformation. ''Naomi Benaron is fearless. Her work shines a light into the darkest corners of human existence and, in doing so, helps us both bear witness to atrocity and find hope and healing,'' writes Gayle Brandeis.

About the Author

Naomi Benaron's fiction has appeared in CALYX, Red Rock Review, PRISM International Review, Green Mountains Review, and other journals. She was the winner of the 2005 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. Before pursuing her MFA at Antioch University Los Angeles, she worked for many years as a geophysicist. A Boston native, she has lived in Israel, California, and the West Indies. Currently, she lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Biography

Naomi Benaron's debut novel, RUNNING THE RIFT, is the winner of the 2010 Bellwether prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. She was born and raised in Boston Massachusetts and is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Before she lost her mind and decided to devote her life to writing, she worked for many years as a geophysicist and seismologist. She has lived on a sailboat, worked on a Kibbutz, and traveled extensively. She works with Afghan Women through the Afghan Women's Writing Project, an online space where the women of Afghanistan can write in safety and freedom.

Her passion in writing revolves around issues of social justice. Her short story collection, Love Letters from a Fat Man, won the 2006 Sharat Chandra Prize for fiction. Her Bellwether Prize novel, about a young Tutsi boy growing up in the years leading up to the genocide in Rwanda, is published by Algonquin Books.
Her dog Scout is a published poet. Her dog JillyRoo is happy just to be a dog.

Interview with Naomi Benaron.

 

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