Things We Do When No One Is Watching (Paperback)


By Philip Gerard

BkMk Press of the University of Missouri-Kans, 9781943491094, 174pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2017

List Price: 15.95*
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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