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Not a Thing to Comfort You (Iowa Short Fiction Award)

Emily Wortman-Wunder


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From a lightning death on an isolated peak to the intrigues of a small town orchestra, the glimmering stories in this debut collection explore how nature—damaged, fierce, and unpredictable—worms its way into our lives. Here moths steal babies, a creek seduces a lonely suburban mother, and the priorities of a passionate conservationist are thrown into confusion after the death of her son. Over and over, the natural world reveals itself to be unknowable, especially to the people who study it most. These tales of scientists, nurses, and firefighters catalog the loneliness within families, betrayals between friends, and the recurring song of regret and grief.

University Of Iowa Press, 9781609386818, 148pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 2019

About the Author

Emily Wortman-Wunder has been published in the Kenyon Review, Vela, Nimrod, High Country News, and elsewhere. She lives in Denver, Colorado, and teaches scientific writing at the University of Colorado.