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What We Do with the Wreckage

Stories (Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction #93)

Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum


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The stories in Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum's new collection are about finding resilience in the face of adversity. Following losses big and small, environmental and familial, universal and personal, the best of us try to recover and rebuild. Lunstrum asks: How do we keep going in the face of grief or disappointment when love fails or disaster strikes? How do we maintain the stamina to carry on in an uncertain world? The characters in her stories are living these questions and learning to reconstruct themselves, their families, and their futures from the wreckage of their broken pasts.

University of Georgia Press, 9780820353722, 240pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 2018

About the Author

KIRSTEN SUNDBERG LUNSTRUM is the author of two collections of short fiction: This Life She's Chosen and Swimming with Strangers. Her short fiction and essays have appeared widely in journals, including One Story, the American Scholar, Willow Springs, and Southern Humanities Review. She is also a recipient of a PEN/O. Henry Prize and teaches high school English near Seattle, Washington.