By Tim Horvath
(Bellevue Literary Press, Paperback, 9781934137444, 192pp.)
Publication Date: May 2012
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In Understories, Horvath seats Italo Calvino and Tobias Wolff at a single table and insists that both order without menus.
Tim Horvath, a graduate of Vassar College, Teachers College-Columbia University, and the University of New Hampshire, teaches creative writing at Chester College of New England and Boston’s Grub Street writing center. He also works part-time as a counselor in a psychiatric hospital, primarily with autistic children and adolescents. Understories, Horvath’s first collection of short fiction, includes the award-winning Understory,” selected by Bill Henderson for the Raymond Carver Short Story Award, and Circulation,” selected by Clark Blaise for the Society for the Study of the Short Story Prize. His stories have also appeared in Conjunctions, Fiction, Alimentum, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and daughter.
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This collection stand[s] out. There’s plenty of imagination [in Understories] but it’s rooted in recognizable and occasionally irrational emotions, a human quality that makes these stories endure. . . . Below the striking imagery, there’s abundant emotional depth to be found.” Vol. 1 Brooklyn
As any great book, Understories confronts the making of fiction itself, intermittently directly confronting the mechanics of fabrication. . . . A major accomplishment by a major writer . . . full of writing as deeply aware of its antecedents as it is aware of the possibilities within, of, and about narrative.” Big Other
The Understory’ is a terrific reach through history from the pre- and post- Nazi era in Germany up to the present. . . . This is a wonderful story, a first-rate creation by a fine writer.” BILL HENDERSON, president and editor of Pushcart Press, in his judge’s statement for the Raymond Carver Short Story Award