Things We Do When No One Is Watching (Paperback)
BkMk Press of the University of Missouri-Kans, 9781943491094, 174pp.
Publication Date: November 1, 2017
One Gerard character says that "childhood is a dangerous country,
and not all of us make it out alive"--a powerful theme that runs
through these beautifully crafted, moving stories. Those who do
make it out alive are left trying to make sense of the memories,
those defining times when one stands at the cusp of childhood
comfort and the reality of violence and death and sheer bad
luck. Likewise there are moments when wishes come true and
one glimpses something pure and good. These characters move
through the flicker of light and dark as they grasp and shape their
life stories with sharp detail and a poignant longing.
--Jill McCorkle, Life After Life, The Cheerleader
These beautifully constructed, visionary stories left me enthralled
evening after evening. The book is so close to its events and
Gerard is so skilled at turning these events into meaning that the
reader is reminded again and again that literature is the great
companion and interpreter of life. This collection--intelligent
and big-hearted--is a gift from a master storyteller to readers.
--Rebecca Lee, The City Is a Rising Tide, Bobcat
Philip Gerard is a magnificent storyteller, and in this moving and
poignant collection, he manages to achieve a kind of nostalgia
that is alternately realistic and dreamy and, when least expected,
swiftly punctured with brutality.
--Julianna Baggott, Burn, Pure