The Dead Still Here (Paperback)
Stephen F. Austin University Press, 9781622881802, 120pp.
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
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Mapping stories set in Europe and America, The Dead Still Here skillfully paces through eleven short stories about friends-with-benefits typed relationships, vicious divorces and thievery, the loss of a child, the loss of a mother, and the Coast Guard and the Navy rescuing refugees from a bad storm at sea. Laura Valeri writes one single breathtaking sentence about sex, Dear John emails, and Christmas presents in “Liabilities of a Love Misguided” and displays a sharp sense of paranoia based on everyone looking at the narrator, laughing, whispering in “What They Know.” Along with characters that are irrevocably locked in their heads, Valeri includes a guide on how to take medication in “Prescription for Life,” which subtly points to the other hallucinatory narratives. This collection is at once provocative and lucid, and it offers various angles of characters looking for a relationship to hold.
About the Author
LAURA VALERI’s debut collection of short stories The Kind of Things Saints Do was the winner of the Iowa/John Simmons Award. She lives in Savannah, Georgia, with her husband Joel Caplan, and she is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.