BkMk Press Books

Thorn

Stories

by Evan Morgan Williams

Price: $15.95, 232 pages

ISBN: 978-886157-94-1, 2014

 

Winner of the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, selected by Al Young

Winner of the Independent Publisher Award (IPPY) gold medal in short stories

Williams has a facility for getting inside characters and exposing their essential isolation and loneliness.

—Kirkus Reviews

The protagonists of the 15 stories in Thorn, by Evan Morgan Williams, are a diverse cast: Native American, white, black, Asian; young and old; men, women; rich, poor. Yet Williams, who won the 2014 G.S. Charat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, with this debut collection, is able to inhabit his protagonists, as well as to empathize with them. This is no mean feat.

—Karen Uhlmann, The Common

Evan Morgan Williams’ stories are mysterious, profound, and sensual.  His characters, naked in their yearning—way out there with the water and trees and sky—find new ways of loving in an old, old world. Thorn is a marvelous book.

—David Allan Cates
Ben Armstrong’s Strange Trip Home
X out of Wonderland

These stories have a beautiful sadness. Whether they are about whites, blacks, or Indians, men or women, young or old, they evince feelings that reveal the colliding of cultures, the wistfulness of various perceptions, and the longing in every human soul. Williams is a master at making small details into major elements and capturing the spirits of his characters with perfect dialogue. Whether about buying whale bones, traveling to pick up a man about to be released from jail, or collecting rocks on the beach, these stories are really about life’s deeper and mysterious elements. Williams opens us to the discord his characters live with and makes us understand what life on the edge means. Thorn is a superb collection.

—Kent Nelson
The Spirit Bird, winner of the Drue Heinz Prize

Evan Williams' debut collection of stories, Thorn, is a startling gift with its revelations about the people who inhabit the periphery of society’s vision. Whether it is woman cleaning the bones of a whale, or a mother in search of a lost word in a lost language, Williams brings remarkable insight into their lives and in doing so deepens our understanding of what it means to be counted among the few.

—Claire Davis
Labors of the Heart

Read the interview in the Antioch Review.

 

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