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Nocturnal America, Nocturnal America, 0803227779, 0-8032-2777-9, 978-0-8032-2777-4, 9780803227774, John Keeble, Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, Nocturnal America, 0803207085, 0-8032-0708-5, 978-0-8032-0708-0, 9780803207080, John Keeble, Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, Nocturnal America, 0803271778, 0-8032-7177-8, 978-0-8032-7177-7, 9780803271777, John Keeble, Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, Nocturnal America, 0803255683, 0-8032-5568-3, 978-0-8032-5568-5, 9780803255685, John Keeble,

Nocturnal America
John Keeble

hardcover
2006. 272 pp.
978-0-8032-2777-4
$26.95 t
Out of Stock
 
paperback
2013. 284 pp.
978-0-8032-7177-7
$21.95 t
 

Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, this collection of tales returns readers to the American Northwest so deftly observed and powerfully evoked in John Keeble’s previous works. Nocturnal America occupies a terrain at once familiar and strange, where homecoming and dislocation can coincide, and families can break apart or hone themselves on the hard edges of daily life. In these stories, Keeble populates what journalist Joel Garreau once called the “Empty Quarter” of North America with complex humanity. Life ranges vibrantly through these airy spaces, at times finding itself thrown up against the shifty terrors of political and cultural change.

Keeble’s stories hinge on love—its difficulty, its loss and pangs, but also its discovery of good fortune. As his characters come and go, unexpectedly converging, vanishing, or reappearing, their stories reach beyond the ordinariness of life.

 


John Keeble is professor emeritus at Eastern Washington University’s Inland Northwest Center for Writers. He is the author of Out of the Channel: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Prince William Sound and five novels, including The Shadows of Owls, Broken Ground, and Yellowfish. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the Village Voice, American Short Fiction, Outside, and Best American Short Stories. Keeble is also the writer for the prize-winning PBS documentary on the life of Raymond Carver, To Write and Keep Kind. He has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and received a Washington State Governor’s Award.

“Like the setting, this book is rich and rewarding.”—Publishers Weekly

“Keeble’s Pacific Northwest [is] a rich and desolate landscape that yields a limitless trove of both peril and passion. . . . Keeble is adept at speaking from either the male or female point of view. . . . Daily existence is a wild and precarious dance in Keeble’s world, where lives gingerly balance between hope and grief.”—Carol Haggas, Booklist

“John Keeble’s beautifully rendered short-story collection, Nocturnal America, examines the power of family, love and place. . . . The author’s feel for people and place are key to this outstanding collection.”—Sybil Downing, Denver Post

“A haunting and touching look at love and life in the Pacific Northwest.”—Kellie Gillespie, Library Journal
 
 

“Writers write about the same 10 things over and over. Love, hate, loyalty, betrayal, innocence, guilt, birth, death, hope, despair. . . . There’s nothing new to write about. In the wrong hands, stories can be too familiar. In the right hands, stories show us how we live. John Keeble’s hands are the right ones. . . . In issues of craft, Keeble is first-rate.”—Ellen Slezak, Los Angeles Times Book Review

“[Nocturnal America is] fiction with characterization as deep and broad as any writer might draw—at times luminous, at times heartbreaking. . . . [T]he University of Nebraska Press proves again its ability to print what deserves to be published. . . . These stories have an edge so sharp it cuts, but they also hold the soft place of a conflicted heart. Writers like Keeble do not often tell us what we want to know, but they do tell us what we fear to know. If Nocturnal America is often dark, Keeble’s work also flickers with a distant light.”—Bloomsbury Review


Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction

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