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Bright Shards of Someplace Else: Stories

Bright Shards of Someplace Else: Stories

by Monica McFawn Robinson

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In the eleven kaleidoscopic stories that make up Bright Shards of Someplace Else, Monica McFawn traces the combustive, hilarious, and profound effects that occur when people misread the minds of others. The characters—an array of artists, scientists, songwriters, nannies, horse trainers, and poets—often try to pin down another’s point of view, only to find that their own worldview is far from fixed.

The characters in McFawn’s stories long for and fear the encroachment of others. A young boy reduces his nanny’s phone bill with a call, then convinces her he can solve her other problems. A man who works at a butterfly-release business becomes dangerously obsessed with solving a famous mathematical proof. A poetry professor finds himself entangled in the investigation of a murdered student. In the final story, an aging lyricist reconnects with a renowned singer to write an album in the Appalachian Mountains, only to be interrupted by the appearance of his drug-addicted son and a mythical story of recovery.

By turns exuberant and philosophically adroit, Bright Shards of Someplace Else reminds us of both the limits of empathy and its absolute necessity. Our misreadings of others may be unavoidable, but they themselves can be things of beauty, charm, and connection.

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ISBN-13: 9780820347769
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 09/15/2014
Series: Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction Series , #33
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

MONICA MCFAWN is a writer, artist, and performer living in Michigan. Her short story collection Bright Shards of Someplace Else won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction as well as a Michigan Notable Book award. She is also the author of an art and poetry chapbook, “A Catalogue of Rare Movements,” and her drawings and animations have been shown in galleries around the country. McFawn is a recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature and Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is an assistant professor at Northern Michigan University, where she teaches fiction and scriptwriting. When she isn’t writing, drawing, or teaching, she trains her Welsh Cob cross pony in dressage and jumping.

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