IN THE WILDS!!!
Released by C&R Press in 2019, the emotionally powerful, intricately woven stories in Two Californias explore the unexpected and unorthodox ways we come to terms with everyday tragedies. Quirky, bittersweet, and darkly funny, stories from Two Californias have won The Normal School Normal Prize for Fiction and the Copper Nickel Fiction Contest; other stories have appeared in Black Warrior Review and the New Orleans Review.
What am I working on now? The novel-in-progress The Asterisms (nee The Paradox of Wonder Woman’s Airplane). Chapters of The Asterisms have won the Summer Literary Seminars Center for Fiction Prize and the New Ohio Review Contest in Fiction. Other chapters have been published in The Masters Review Anthology. You can read online chapters at The Collagist and The Los Angeles Review.
After Grace, a 40-year-old anesthesiologist, has a miscarriage, the Deckel family loses their sense of direction. Grace processes her grief first by attempting to find a reason for the accidental, in-surgery death of one of her patients, then by trying to make sense of the never-explained disappearance and return of her parents. Grace’s husband Chuck steals an extremely expensive model of Wonder Woman’s airplane. Their two teenagers, Jess and Russ, become entangled with Bosnian performance artists and rapture-obsessed veterinarians. In the context of family chaos and her increasing political awareness, Grace must find integrate her own desires with cultural constraints, ultimately deciding for herself whether to try to have another child.
While The Asterisms will primarily take shape in the print universe, some sections of the novel will only be available in digital form (beta).
A few months ago, I had a long email conversation with the fiction writer Andrew Farkas (Sunphere, BlaxeVox, 2019) about life, the conceptual frameworks scaffolding our books,… Read more “2/25/21: Conversation about 2C and Sunsphere with Andy Farkas in The Literary Review”
Thanks (once again!) to Vincent Czyz and The Arts Fuse, not only for the wonderful review a few months ago but for an extra shout out (right… Read more “12/22/20: The Arts Fuse Recommended, 2020”
It’s been a strange year to celebrate a book – and it has seemed best to put Two Californias on the backburner, to work on new things… Read more “Holiday Gift?”
Robert Glick is Associate Professor of English at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he teaches creative writing and digital literature. His work has appeared in The Normal School, Denver Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, and The Gettysburg Review. His first book, Two Californias, was published by C&R Press in 2019.