Memory Sickness

Image result for Phong Nguyen + author + photosTHE BOOK: Memory Sickness, and Other Stories


THE AUTHOR: Phong Nguyen

THE EDITOR: Dana Curtis


SUMMARY: Short stories that take place in Providence, Rhode Island, and revolve around the lives of the downtrodden and the underclass of that city.

THE BACK STORY: These stories were inspired by real people that I met and heard about while living in Providence, Rhode Island.

Memory Sickness by [Nguyen , Phong]WHY THIS TITLE: “Memory Sickness” refers to a particular kind of cultural trauma that occurs when an individual is displaced.

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: To immerse yourself in the abundance and diversity of life in Providence, Rhode Island.


“Dead-on in its depiction of modern malaise, MEMORY SICKNESS will burn in your own memory forever, assuring you of the sickness we are. Phong Nguyen has crafted stories with zero at the bone, stories of how the child is father of the man, of what we do to one another in this world, and what we do to ourselves. His Providence, Rhode Island, seems borne into being by the bastard offspring of Denis Johnson and Mary Gaitskill: a place of danger, horror, and the dim hope necessary for our survival. This book will scar you.” —  – William Giraldi, author of Hold the Dark

AUTHOR PROFILEPhong Nguyen is the author of The Adventures of Joe Harper (Outpost19, 2016), Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2014), and Memory Sickness and Other Stories (Elixir Press, 2011). He coedited the volume Nancy Hale: On the Life and Work of a Lost American Master (Pleiades Press/LSU, 2012) with Dan Chaon. He teaches fiction writing at the University of Central Missouri, where he also serves as editor of Pleiades. His own stories have appeared in more than 40 national literary journals, including Agni, Boulevard, Iowa Review, Massachusetts Review, Mississippi Review, and North American Review. He lives in Warrensburg, Missouri, with his wife– the artist Sarah Nguyen– and their three children.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: This was my first book, published in 2011. If you enjoy it, please read Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2014) and The Adventures of Joe Harper (Outpost19, 2016).


WHERE TO BUY IT: or Small Press Distributors

PRICE: $19 or less


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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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