Tell Everyone I Said Hi (Iowa Short Fiction Award)
Poignant, fresh, and convincing, these are stories of women who smell of hairspray and beer and of landscapers who worry about their livers, of flooded basements and loud trucks, of bad exes and horrible jobs, of people who remain loyal to sports teams that always lose. Displaced by circumstances both in and out of their control, the characters who populate Tell Everyone I Said Hi are lost in their own surroundings, thwarted by misguided aspirations and long-buried disappointments, but fully open to the possibility that they will again find their way.
Praise For Tell Everyone I Said Hi (Iowa Short Fiction Award)…
“Chad Simpson writes with a piercing tenderness and sadness about loss and helplessness and the impossible decisions that we face every day, and the complexity of the compromises we offer the world, and ourselves, in response."—Jim Shepard
"Chad Simpson’s Tell Everyone I Said Hi is my kind of book. James Wright once beautifully asked, Where is the sea that once solved the whole/ loneliness of the Midwest? The line kept bubbling up in my mind as I read these unpretentious and deeply moving stories. We’re in the Midwest—Chad Simpson’s Midwest—a place of broken hearts and missed opportunities, flooded basements and faulty wiring. The real stuff, it’s all here."—Peter Orner, author of Love and Shame and Love
University Of Iowa Press, 9781609381264, 152pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2012
About the Author
Chad Simpson was raised in Monmouth, Illinois, and Logansport, Indiana. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly, Esquire, American Short Fiction, The Sun, and many other print and online publications. He is the recipient of a fellowship in prose from the Illinois Arts Council and scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ conferences. He teaches at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where he received the Philip Green Wright/Lombard College Prize for Distinguished Teaching in 2010.