Synopses & Reviews
For All the Obvious Reasons
is Lynn Stegners superb collection of nine, remarkably distinct tales of passion, clear-eyed wisdom, and honesty honed to a cutting edge. These are stories the reader cant shake: A woman living a marital shadow-life realizes that her long compensating heart has begun to ominously decompensate. An affluent New Yorker becomes a hoarder to escape a future he cannot bear to take up. A baby dies in a miasma of sibling resentments and from that, the secrets of culpability unravel. A construction worker and a bereaved young neighbor together find a way to be in a broken world. And in the beautifully moving narrative that closes the volume, a story about the depth of goodness and duty, and of the profound love they both define and prevent. From the wild rivers of British Columbia to the cement jungle of Manhattan, Stegner pulls us from our own worlds into her own. With luminous particulars and in richly orchestrated language, these stories sound the vibrant, sometimes anguished music that composes human lives.
These stories first appeared in the following publications:
Catch and Release” from The Best of Carve Magazine and winner of a Raymond Carver Short Story Award, among other honors.
The New Sister” from New West.
The Boat on the Lake” in Five Points.
Monas Coming” in Stoneslide.
Rogue” from The Tusculum Review and winner of the 2013 Prize in Fiction.
For All the Obvious Reasons” from Gival Press and winner of the 2013 Short Story Award
Two have not been published previously:
"In the Not-Too-Different Future"
"The Anarchic Hand"
About the Author
is the author of three novels, a collection of novellas, and various stories and essays. Her work has received numerous awards including the Faulkner Award for Best Novel (for Because a Fire Was in My Head
)also a New York Times
Editors Choice, a Book Sense Pick, and a Literary Ventures Selection. Over the years, fellowships from the NEA, the Fulbright Society, the Western States Arts Council have recognized the literary distinction of her work. Currently teaching novel and fiction writing at Stanford University, she divides her time between San Francisco and Vermonts Northeast Kingdom.