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The Smallest People Alive

Keith Banner


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In The Smallest People Alive, Keith Banner writes about people and situations many times ignored by other fiction writers. These are stories focused on lives outside the mainstream, and yet they are invested with precision, tenderness and artistry. The title story, awarded an O. Henry Prize, chronicles the lives of two boyhood friends, one who is recovering from a suicide attempt, the other trying to figure out how he can help. In their stumbling allegiance to each other, they find a sort of solace, and as the story reaches its conclusion, the reader is given an intimate view of what it means to wake up from a nightmare and realize you have to go on living, even though life may not be worth it all of the time.

Carnegie Mellon University Press, 9780887484261, 264pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2004

About the Author

KEITH BANNER lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio. His first novel, The Life I Lead, was published in 1999. His short stories have been published in The Kenyon Review, Washington Square, and Witness, as well as anthologized in O. Henry Prize Stories, Full Frontal Fiction: the Best of, and Best American Gay Fiction. He is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council fellowship.