Grace for Grace brings celebrated cult filmmaker Steve De Jarnatt’s distinctive voice and cinematic vision to the page. Lush inner lives, idiosyncratic syntax, and sweeping scale characterize these wildly imaginative stories, which present characters in search of meaning and belonging, and often, at the same time, redemption and revenge.
“Rubiaux Rising” (a Best American Short Stories selection) is a tale of triumph amid calamity during Hurricane Katrina, “Her Great Blue”a surreal interspecies love story. “Mulligan” reveals the private pain of parents traveling across the country to give away their children, and “Wraiths in a Swelter” is both a ghost story and a confessional memoir—following a deliriously exhausted EMT through a deadly Chicago heat wave.
Many of the stories in Grace for Grace are set against the backdrop of natural or manmade catastrophes. These disasters test the characters’ limits as they confront sudden changes and extremes, discovering through their unexpected resourcefulness and endurance something beyond suffering . . . something that approaches the sublime.
192 pp., 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN 978–1-946724–30–4 (pbk)
ISBN 978-1-946724-31-1 (e-book)
PRAISE FOR GRACE FOR GRACE
A feast for the language-lover and a workout for the thrill-minded, Steve De Jarnatt’s short fiction takes us to extremes in these eleven astonishing stories. Exquisite, raw, and absolutely unique. —Janet Fitch, author of The Revolution of Marina M. and Chimes of a Lost Cathedral
Working in a grain that might be termed “American psychedelic sublime,” De Jarnatt’s stories are cousin to Barry Hannah’s, Donald Barthelme’s, to Charles Portis, even—which is to say they resemble nothing so much as themselves. In their syntax, in their feeling, and in their untrammeled imagination, they are thrilling and electrical and absolutely, wildly alive. —Matthew Specktor, author of American Dream Machine and That Summertime Sound
The expansive, antic mind behind the stories in Grace for Grace is a formidable literary force. This collection is so fresh and imaginative and marvelously strange—so good—it will leave an indelible impression on its readers, of which Steve De Jarnatt deserves legions. —Christine Sneed, author of The Virginity of Famous Men
This book is vibrant and provocative, designed to shake the intellect and emotions—I didn’t realize how asleep I was until I read these stories, and I’m thankful to be awakened by De Jarnatt and his amazing collection.” —Alan Heathcock, author of Volt and 40