Not a Thing to Comfort You (Iowa Short Fiction Award) (Paperback)
Julie's Holiday Staff Pick:
I don't regularly read much fiction, but I have much praise for this collection of creative and funny short stories. Each piece draws the reader in with the first paragraph. I would recommend this as a gift for any of your friends who appreciate the natural world and darn good writing!— From Holiday Gift Guide 2020
From a lightning death on an isolated peak to the intrigues of a small town orchestra, the glimmering stories in this debut collection explore how nature—damaged, fierce, and unpredictable—worms its way into our lives. Here moths steal babies, a creek seduces a lonely suburban mother, and the priorities of a passionate conservationist are thrown into confusion after the death of her son. Over and over, the natural world reveals itself to be unknowable, especially to the people who study it most. These tales of scientists, nurses, and firefighters catalog the loneliness within families, betrayals between friends, and the recurring song of regret and grief.
About the Author
Emily Wortman-Wunder has been published in the Kenyon Review, Vela, Nimrod, High Country News, and elsewhere. She lives in Denver, Colorado, and teaches scientific writing at the University of Colorado.