The Dogs of Detroit (Hardcover)

Stories (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize)

By Brad Felver

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822945420, 200pp.

Publication Date: September 4, 2018

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Winner of the 2018 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for short fiction

The 14 stories of The Dogs of Detroiteach focus on grief and its many strange permutations. This grief alternately devolves into violence, silence, solitude, and utter isolation. In some cases, grief drives the stories as a strong, reactionary force, and yet in other stories, that grief evolves quietly over long stretches of time. Many of the stories also use grief as a prism to explore the beguiling bonds within families. The stories span a variety of geographies, both urban and rural, often considering collisions between the two.

About the Author

Brad Felver is a fiction writer, essayist, and teacher of writing. His honors include the O. Henry Award, a Pushcart Prize special mention, and the Zone 3 Fiction Prize. His fiction and essays have appeared widely in magazines such as One Story, New England Review, Hunger Mountain, and Colorado Review. Currently he serves as Lecturer and Associate Chair of the English Department at Bowling Green State University. He lives with his wife and kids in northern Ohio.

Praise For The Dogs of Detroit: Stories (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize)

"Felver's writing is sharp and insightful. His stories evoke the style and themes of writers ranging from Richard Russo to Rick Bass to Andre Dubus III and, in the particularly brutal surrealist title story, "The Dogs of Detroit," Cormac McCarthy. A substantial debut by a promising and confident new writer. "

“{Felver} delivers what good fiction can: amplified truth — in this case, vividly imagined and rendered worst-case scenarios that reflect our current world in a very dark mirror.” -Washington Independent Review of Books

“Felver lays his words down in these stories in such a precise way that it’s difficult, if not impossible, to pull yourself away from a story once you’ve started.” -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette