SHORT STORIES. LGBT. These are stories which deal with the lives of gay men. However, their spark comes from the mixing of gay and straight worlds. Harvey’s compassionate eye is clearly at work as he examines the pains and joys, the tensions and laughter encountered by human beings every day of their lives. This collection won the Violet Quill Award for Best New Gay Fiction of the Year and was named one of the “twenty books of note” by the Lambda Literary Review.
Ken Harvey’s work has been published in over 20 literary magazines. The book was also translated into Italian and received enthusiastic reviews in Italy. His memoir, A Passionate Engagement, was honored by the American Library Association as a Rainbow Book. Ken has read his work on On Point, a program on National Public Radio, and is a book reviewer for Lambda Literary. When not working on his own writing, he teaches at writing such programs as the Young Writers Institute at the Bennington Writing Seminars. He also works with writers individually to help them perfect their craft. Ken is a member of the Authors Guild and has been awarded residencies in Taos, New Mexico and at the Millay Colony for the Arts. He holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College, an M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from the Middlebury Language Schools and an M.F.A in Creative Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. Bio from http://www.kenharvey.net/
Phil Gambone, author of The Language We Use Up Here and Travels Through A Gay Nation –
“By turns funny and moving, sweet and bracing, Ken Harvey’s stories are full of what one of his lovable characters calls ‘the soft and distant thump of life.’ A pleasure to read this talented debut collection.”
Elinor Lipman, author of The Inn at Lake Divine and The Family Man –
“There is a sly eye winking and a generous heart beating in every one of Ken Harvey’s delicious stories. Each is an ode to the apologetic love on thin ice that I treasure most on the page. What a find, and what a treat.”
Mameve Medwed, author of Of Men and Their Mothers and How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life –
“With humor and grace, Ken Harvey dissects the connective tissue between friends and lovers, parents and children. He knows the precise spot where joy and sorrow meet in the walls and chambers of the human heart. He knows that the ending of one story can be a bridge to the next. And he writes like an angel. What a wonderful debut.
Helen Fremont, author of After Long Silence: A Memoir –
“Ken Harvey’s wonderful stories explore the complexities of contemporary life with remarkable compassion, humor, and wisdom. His range and talent are evident on every page. This book is a delightful debut from a very accomplished writer.”
Claire Cook, author of Must Love Dogs and Seven Year Switch –
“These are gorgeous, heartfelt, mesmerizing stories. In fact, so much so that when I finished Ken Harvey’s book, I was faced with a major dilemma: Should I go right out and start buying copies for my friends or turn back to the beginning read all thirteen stories again?”