The Spirit Bird: Stories, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, is Kent Nelson’s latest collection of short fiction. Nelson’s stories feature diverse protagonists — a young single mother, a rabble-rousing Southern lawyer, a restless empty-nester — as well as an unusually vivid sense of place — the chile fields of New Mexico, the resort towns of Colorado, suburban Seattle — that establishes the land as an essential character in the stories. The people in Spirit Bird are trying to break out of their lives, and they share one major trait: dissatisfaction. They’re exploring, pushing boundaries, looking seriously at their own lives and asking, “Really? What now?”To read the entire review, please click here. Thank you!
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Review: THE SPIRIT BIRD by Kent Nelson
My review of The Spirit Bird: Stories (University of Pittsburgh Press) by Kent Nelson, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, was published in the new edition of High Country News. From the review: