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A Simplified Map of the Real World (Digital Audiobook)

The Renata Stories

By Stevan Allred, Stevan Allred (Narrator)

Publication Date: January 31, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/1/2013)
MP3 CD (2/1/2018)
Compact Disc (2/1/2018)
Compact Disc (2/1/2018)


Fifteen linked stories chart a true course through the lives of families, farmers, loggers, former classmates, and the occasional stripper. In the richly imagined town of Renata, Oregon, a man watches his neighbor's big-screen TV through binoculars, an errant son paints himself silver, mysterious electrical humming emanates from an enormous barn. In A Simplified Map of the Real World, intimate boundaries are loosened by history-and high above the strife and the hope and the often hilarious, geese seek the perfect tailwind. Stevan Allred's stunning debut deftly navigates the stubborn geography of the human heart.

About the Author

Stevan Allred lives and writes in a house in the woods halfway between Fisher's Mill and Viola, in rural Clackamas County, outside of Portland, Oregon. He is the editor of Dixon Ticonderoga, a zine that explores the intimate relationship between divorce and pencils. He teaches writing at the Pinewood Table. Allred has been published in numerous literary journals and websites, and he has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.