A sweet slipstream stew, a call and response to Hemingway's In Our Time, Geoff Schmidt's debut collection, Out of Time, is a meditation on meaning and mortality, and the ways that story and the imagined life can sustain us. In these stories, vengeful infants destroy and rebuild the world, rivalrous siblings and their mother encounter witches and ghosts and the possessed, Barack Obama and Keith Richards smoke their last cigarettes, men and women with cancer variously don gorilla suits or experience all time simultaneously. Time is running out for all of the people in these stories, yet the power of language, the human ability to tell, to imagine and invent, is a redemptive force.
Winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction.
©2011 Geoff Schmidt (P)2012 Redwood Audiobooks
"Geoff Schmidt writes a lucid, new mythology in prose that's limned with fear and awe. To read these stories is to feel the force and urgency of a new and vital literary voice." (Ben Marcus, judge, Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction)
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