Synopses & Reviews
The car is idling on the road between
where we've been and where we're going.
The door's open. You coming?
Momentary Illumination of Objects In Motion tells of life and death, identity and race, change and resistance to change. Arias unflinchingly peers into the places we turn away from, showing us it's not always as neat or as clean as we'd like to imagine. Sometimes it's messy as hell.
"A debut that pulls no punches." Samuel Snoek-Brown, There Is No Other Way to Worship Them
..".an after-midnight bar story, a foxhole prayer, a graveyard shift confession." Matthew Robinson, The Horse Latitudes
"It's a book that makes you feel whispered to and pulled in close." Rita Bullwinkel, Belly Up
"Arias finds flashes of humor in the wreckage, as well as rare moments of beauty." Stevan Allred, The Alehouse at the End of the World
"A debut volume of short stories captures small slices of characters' lives....Tales that are emotional and intellectual but almost always moving; a superb collection." Kirkus Reviews
"...the stories...are ferociously honest about the hard truths of our existence, and yet still burn with love and appreciation for all the parts of our humanity. A kickass debut." Margaret Malone, author of People Like You
"Arias will break your heart, blow your mind, make you laugh and bring you to the edge of everything that matters. Momentary Illumination of Objects In Motion is a phenomenal and dazzling debut." Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children
About the Author
Jason Arias has worked as a hospital patient food courier, charter bus after-event cleaner, DMV records consolidator, lithography product deliveryman, one-hour photo developer, cashier, vinyl windows warehouse worker, UPS loader, EMT, paramedic, firefighter, LYFT driver, specimen collector, and sometimes a writer.
Jason's debut short story collection Momentary Illumination of Objects In Motion is now available from Black Bomb Books.
His writing has appeared in Oregon Humanities Magazine, Perceptions Magazine, Nailed Magazine, The Nashville Review, The Absurdist, Blue Skirt Productions, FIVE:2:ONE, Lighthouse Issue 15, Clowns: The Unlikely Coulrophobia Remix, (AFTER)life: Poems and Stories of the Dead, Lidia Yuknavitch's The Misfit's Manifesto, and elsewhere.