ForeWord Reviews Award, silver, stories
Eric Hoffer Award, winner in academic press category, grand prize finalist
Publication Date: November 1, 2012
In Robert Day's new story collection, Where I Am Now, most of the stories are set in the fictional town of Bly in rural western Kansas, and they chronicle life there through such diverse subjects as a grandmother who lives in fear of Russian-nuclear attack, to a handyman who hunts for skulls along the Whitewoman River, to a Kansan man who lives for a time in rural France. In ''My Father Swims His Horse at Last,'' Day offers a moving portrayal of an insurance salesman's relationship with his colorful farmer father who still has more to teach even late in life. These stories render unforgettable views of Kansas while simultaneously capturing widespread American yearnings, disappointments, and triumphs.
Robert Day's short fiction has received Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize citations. Among his awards and fellowships are National Endowment to the Arts, both Yaddo, and McDowell Fellowships, a Maryland Arts Council Award. His fiction has appeared in such places as TriQuarterly, North Dakota Quarterly, and New Letters, and his nonfiction has appeared in The American Scholar, Washington Post Magazine, Smithsonian, and elsewhere. He is the author of the novel The Last Cattle Drive, a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, two novellas, In My Stead, and The Four Wheel Drive Quartet, and Speaking French in Kansas, a collection of short stories. He has taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop; University of Kansas; and Montaigne College, University of Bordeaux. He is past president of the Associated Writing Programs; the founder and former director of the Rose O'Neill Literary House; and founder and publisher of the Literary House Press at Washington College where he is an adjunct professor of English literature.
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