— Stories by Hollis Seamon
Now available from Able Muse Press
Story collection from Hollis Seamon, now available for order from Able Muse Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Foyles, and other online and offline bookstores worldwide.
— Stories by Hollis Seamon
Paperback ~ $19.95
In Corporeality, Hollis Seamon’s latest fiction collection, we meet the cat lady, the professor dealing with a plagiarist while coping with personal hardships, sibling rivalry of the unnaturally cursed kind, the dog that goes beyond everyday dog sense and scent to protect its owners. These are some of the eclectic characters and settings that make Corporeality irresistible and difficult to put down once you’ve started reading. Like her preceding collection Body Work and mystery novel Flesh, this book is a testament to Seamon’s ample gifts as a storyteller.
PRAISE FOR CORPOREALITY:
Hollis Seamon’s Corporeality is a wonderful collection of stories, dazzling and unsentimental, full of everyday tragedies, fairy-tale motifs, and rambunctious, life-affirming characters who stand up to bullies and to fate, whether in a hospice, a flophouse, or a university classroom. It’s a feast of language that you won’t soon forget.
—Alan Davis, author of So Bravely Vegetative and Alone with the Owl
The characters in Corporeality are smart. Smart enough to see that the world is chaos and decay, but sometimes too smart for their jobs, whether they’re professors or trash collectors. And they are way too smart for their undependable bodies, which is the great rub of Hollis Seamon’s fine and original stories. How do we cope, these carefully calibrated stories ask, when our minds grow daily more perceptive and sharp and witty, yet the darkness still approaches?
—Dave King, author of The Ha-Ha
What a magical collection! Hollis Seamon’s enchanting stories will make you marvel anew at the forever strange, blessed, and heart-breaking affliction we share as human beings on this earth. Seamon’s lovingly-rendered characters will linger in your memory for a long, long time.
—Edward Schwarzschild, author of Responsible Men
These stories make memorable the people you wonder about in passing—the cat lady, the deformed, the witness to a questionable death, the professor who walks out of class never to return, the teen boy in hospice, the neighbors of the crazy, victims of acts of god, the loveless and forlorn. Written with both humor and pathos, the quirky characters in Hollis Seamon’s stories drew me in and left me, as she writes, “astonished by life.”
—Eugenia Kim, author of The Calligrapher’s Daughter
These stories have grace, wit, adventure, danger, humor, compassion, magic, and rage. Hollis Seamon casts full and dazzling light on those who are often overlooked—teenaged lovebirds in hospice, flood victims before the flood, plagiarists, arsonists, old ladies, fat dogs. She brings them to life so tenderly and powerfully that they stay with you, long after the last page.
—Nalini Jones, author of What You Call Winter
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Hollis Seamon is the author of a mystery novel, Flesh; a young adult novel, Somebody Up There HATES You (forthcoming, Algonquin Books); and a previous short story collection, Body Work. She has published short stories in many journals, including Bellevue Literary Review, Greensboro Review, Fiction International, Chicago Review, Nebraska Review, Persimmon Tree, and Calyx. Her work has been anthologized in The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe and Other Stories of Women and Fatness, A Line of Cutting Women, The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review, and Sacred Ground. She is a recipient of a fiction fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Seamon is Professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany NY and also teaches for the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Fairfield University, Fairfield CT. She lives in Kinderhook NY.
Yesterday, Shelf Awareness published an issue dedicated to the new line of books coming out this fall from Algonquin Young Readers. It's a wonderful introduction to all five of the books and their authors, including an interview with me about the process of writing SOMEBODY UP THERE HATES YOU. Take a look! http://www.shelf-awareness.com/issue.html?issue=1994
Great news! My forthcoming young adult novel, Somebody Up There Hates You (Algonquin Young Readers, September 2013), has just received a *starred* advance review from Kirkus Reviews!
Here's part of what the review has to say about the book:
My son Tobias and I will be reading from and discussing our new books--his The Fair Grounds and my Corporeality--at my all-time favorite library, the Kinderhook Memorial Library, on Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m. There will be lots of good food and drink. And books will be available from my all-time favorite independent book store, Blackwood and Brouwer Booksellers. Everyone is welcome to join us!
My son Tobias and I were interviewed last week by the fabulous Joe Donahue on the Roundtable program on WAMC Northeast Public Radio. It was so much fun that I forgot to be nervous. When I heard the interview, now available online at http://www.wamc.org/post/hollis-and-tobias-seamon, I realized that we spent a lot of time on-air laughing. And that's exactly as it should be.
Corporeality has gotten a couple of very nice reviews and I've been interviewed by BookLoverBook Review about the collection. Take a look.
Publishers Weekly review: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-927409-03-9
Some exciting events happening this month and next, all having to do with my new Corporeality collection of stories. Here's a list:
Wednesday, February 20: My son Tobias and I will be interviewed on the public radio program, Roundtable, hosted by Joe Donahue at WAMC Northeast Public Radio. (www.wamc.org ). Tobias's new book is a novella, The Fair Grounds, published by P.S. Publishing in the UK.
Today is the day that Corporeality is officially released! It's now available online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and also in book stores (and directly from Able Muse Press, of course). Yay! I'm excited and very pleased with the lovely cover art and the whole feel of the book. Now I hope that readers are pleased with the stories.
Very proud and excited to announce that my son Tobias's new novella, The Fair Grounds, is now available for preorder from P.S. Publishing in the UK. This is Tobias's third book, following his novel, The Magician's Study (Turtle Point Press 2004) and his collection of short stories, The Emperor's Toy Chest (P.S.