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Here Is What You Do

Audiobook
Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   7 hour(s)
Publication date: 06/04/2019

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Here Is What You Do

Stories

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684418497
Digital Download ISBN:9781684418503

Summary

A debut short story collection that explores the vulnerability, grit, and complex nature of our humanity from a new, vital queer voice.

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A debut short story collection that explores the vulnerability, grit, and complex nature of our humanity from a new, vital queer voice.

A yacht races to outrun a tsunami. A young man jailed on a drug charge forms a relationship with his cellmate that is by turns tender and brutal. A family buys a rural slaughterhouse, and tensions quickly escalate between them and their religious neighbors. A teen raised by his eccentric gay father, a Turkish immigrant, finds his life fractured by violence. A fictionalized Coretta Scott King, surveilled and harassed by the FBI, considers the costs of her life with her husband.

Here Is What You Do is a bravura, far-ranging collection, its stories linked by sorrow and latent hope; each one drills toward his characters' darkest emotional centers. In muscularly robust prose, with an unfailing eye for human drives and frailties, Chris Dennis captures the raw need, desire, cruelty of characters trying to connect with, and consume, each other.

Reviews/Praise

“Dark, visceral, and wide-ranging, Dennis' debut collection delves into the humanity and pain of highly flawed characters . . . With a fearless voice and a diverse array of characters, Dennis' debut delivers strong prose.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Unquestionably artful.” —Booklist

Here is What You Do is more than just a tremendous debut; it’s a case study in ventriloquism. Staggering at the sentence level, Dennis’s dark and disparate voices—subversive, brutal, tender, and funny—are so vivid and perfectly rendered they seeped into my dreams.” —Kimberly King Parsons, author of Black Light

Author Bio

Chris Dennis holds an MFA in Fiction from Washington University in St. Louis, where he also received a postgraduate fellowship. In addition to Granta, his work has appeared in West Branch and New Stories from the Midwest.