Patrick O'Keeffe for The Hill Road
The Hill Road by Patrick O'Keeffe (Viking) — The rural Irish village of Kilroan is the setting for four long stories ranging in time from World War I to the 1980s. Kilroan's main industry is dairy
farming and the primary diversions are alcohol and talk. For most, it's a
life, full of backbreaking work and thwarted dreams. But hidden passions lurk
beneath the surface, occasionally igniting in sudden, unexpected violence--acts
that are covered up and over the years become guilty secrets for some and
mysteries to most. With its attention to detail and its lyrical eloquence,
collection invites comparison to the work of Alice Munro and William Trevor.
Patrick O'Keeffe was born and raised on a dairy farm in rural Ireland and
immigrated to the United States in the mid-1980s. He graduated from the
University of Kentucky and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan,
where he is currently a lecturer. He lives in Ann Arbor.
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2005 Finalist - Jim Harrison
for The Summer He Didn't Die
The Summer He Didn’t Die by Jim Harrison
(Atlantic Monthly Press) — These three novellas, by a master
of the long-story form, range from the title piece, about a Michigan Indian
named Brown Dog (a recurring Harrison character), to a story told from the perspectives
of three wealthy, middle-aged wives and college friends who all have had an
affair with the same man, to a three-part meditation on the writing life and
the influence of place, time, and happenstance on the creative process over
the course of a lifetime.
Jim Harrison is the author of four previous
volumes of novellas, among them Legends of the Fall; seven novels,
including Sundog; ten poetry collections; a children’s book,
and three works of nonfiction, including the memoir Off to the Side.
He has won a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship,
among other honors, and his work has been published in twenty-two languages.
He divides his time between Montana and Arizona.
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2005 Finalist - Maureen McHugh
for Mothers & Other Monsters
Mothers & Other Monsters by Maureen F. McHugh
(Small Beer Press) — A collection of thirteen elegant and
insightful stories, each with speculative elements that heighten the dramatic
tension and raise the emotional stakes, published by a small press based in
Northampton, Massachusetts, and written by an author best known for her science
Maureen F. McHugh is the author of four novels,
including China Mountain Zhang, which won the Tiptree, Lambda, and
Locus Awards, and Nekropolis, which was a Book Sense 76 pick and a
New York Times Editor's Choice selection. She lives in Ohio and teaches
writing at the John Carroll University in Cleveland and at the Imagination and
Clarion workshops. Her Web site is my.en.com/~mcq.
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