Desert Sonorous (Paperback)

Stories (Juniper Prize for Fiction)

By Sean Bernard

University of Massachusetts Press, 9781625341372, 200pp.

Publication Date: March 31, 2015

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Undercover space aliens share an RV outside Tucson. A high school girl tries to make sense of the shooting of Gabby Giffords. Basketball fans stalk their team's head coach. A young couple falls in and out of love over the course of several lifetimes. And teenage cross-country athletes run on and on through these ten stories set amid the strange desert landscapes of the American Southwest.

Desert sonorous is a unique and energetic debut collection, blending realism with flashes of experimentation. Contemporary issues -- immigration, drought, shootings -- hover above a cast of memorable characters in search of life's deeper meanings. As they struggle along, comic and resigned, intelligent and quiet, sad and frustrated, their strivings resound because their lives are in so many ways our own.

About the Author

Sean Bernard, a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, is associate professor and director of the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of La Verne in Southern California and editor of the literary journal Prism Review. His stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Santa Monica Review, Glimmer Train, Gigantic, and LIT. He has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, Poets and Writers, and the University of Arizona Poetry Center.