The linked stories in The Grass Labyrinth by Charlotte Holmes challenge the reader to determine if the artist’s work is worth the pain often visited on those who share an artist’s life.
Whether in a college town in Pennsylvania, a loft in Brooklyn, or a ramshackle cottage on the Carolina coast, these stories explore, over a thirty-year span, how the choices these characters—including a family of visual artists and poets—make end up shaping those they love in ways they never anticipate, down through the generations. By turns ironic, hopeful, and wry, Charlotte Holmes paints a surprising portrait of one family’s intimate struggle to find the paths that will carry them to the work they want to do, the lives they want to lead, and the people they can’t help but love.
Cary Holladay writes, “In the tradition of Chekhov, Charlotte Holmes lays bare the destructive passions that upend the lives of a charismatic painter, his wives, lovers, and children. The interwoven stories probe their ungovernable hearts, revealing secrets and betrayals that ring through generations.” David Huddle also states, “Charlotte Holmes is the magician of moment-making. Out of plain words, she can make a scene look and feel so real a reader has the sense of living it--and of remembering it later as lived experience.”
Charlotte Holmes is also the author of Gifts and Other Stories. Her stories have appeared in many journals, including New Letters, The Antioch Review, The Sun, and Epoch. She is a graduate of the Columbia University M.F.A program in poetry and held a Wallace Stegner fellowship at Stanford University. Currently, Holmes is associate professor of English and Women’s Studies and director of creative writing at Pennsylvania State University.
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