THE BOOK: Dancing at the Gold Monkey
PUBLISHED IN: 2012
THE AUTHOR: Allen Learst
THE EDITOR: Lisa Graziano
THE PUBLISHER: Leapfrog Press
SUMMARY: Five veterans who suffer drastically from the invisible effects of PTSD also suffer from their lack of understanding about what happened to them. These men are victims of a society whose lack of concern for what they did for their country has deep and profound effects on their psyches.
THE BACK STORY: The stories are linked by the lives of five soldiers whose paths cross and whose destinies are interlinked.
WHY THIS TITLE: In part, the book revolves around a dark and questionable neighborhood.
WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: Provides a good insight to veterans recovering from PTSD and is relevant throughout time and what we are currently faced with regarding our returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Faith, mercy, grief, guilt—these are themes that inform all of Allen Learst’s work in the world. But he is also able to render transient moments of great beauty, to reveal the way we might transcend sorrow by our unwavering attention to exquisite detail and the mystery of creation.” —Melanie Rae Thon
AUTHOR PROFILE: Allen Learst won the 2011 Leapfrog Fiction Contest for his short story collection, Dancing at the Gold Monkey, judged by Marge Piercy. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry appeared in War, Literature and the Arts, Alaska Quarterly Review, Chattahoochee Review, Hawaii Review, Passages North, Ascent, The Literary Review, Pisgah, and Water~Stone. The first chapter of his yet unpublished novel, Bonefish, was published in Crossborder Journal. His essay “The Blood of Children” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and received a “Special Mention” in the 2008Pushcart Prize XXXII Best of the Small Presses, and a “Notable” in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Colleges—Marinette, Wisconsin, and a Faculty Mentor for the Regis University Mile High MFA low-residency program in Denver, Colorado.
AUTHOR COMMENTS: A series of linked stories about dysfunctional Vietnam vets who attempt to adjust to civilian life after their experiences in war.
SAMPLE CHAPTER: On Amazon page. Also, hear live readings at http://www.allearst.com
WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Leapfrog Press
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