Synopses & Reviews
Two years ago--at twenty-two--John McManus captivated writers and critics with his first story collection and became the youngest recipient of the Whiting Writers Award. Now McManus returns with a collection of stories equally piercing and visionary: stories about the young and old, compromised by circumstance and curiosity, and undergoing startling transformations. In “Eastbound,” a car driven by two elderly sisters breaks down on an elevated highway: Beneath them lies the lost country of the South, overrun with concrete and shopping centers but still possessing the spectres and secrets of the past. In “Brood,” a plucky young heroine moves with her mother into the home of the mothers online boyfriend: She will use the Audubon Guide to Birds
, and her own wits to survive the advances of the boyfriends teenaged son. In “Cowry,” two backpackers in New Zealand race to witness the first sunrise of the twenty-first century.
"A phenomenal talent blazing up suddenly on the horizon." --Elle
About the Author
s stories have appeared in the Oxford American
, Tin House
, and Ploughshares
. He was raised in Blount County, Tennessee, and now lives in Austin, Texas.