Cover photograph: Jennifer McCluskey
In eleven stories, Crazy Season reveals the tiny fractures in the otherwise stable American lives of lovers, spouses, friends, and strangers. Spanning WWII England to Upstate New York, from the backyards of adolescence to the dark corners of adulthood, these varied tales follow characters confronting the costs of sexual desire and restraint, the haunting of memory, and the limits of gender and understanding. With a mixture of sly humor, deep empathy, and objectivity, Graham creates fiction that bears resemblance to the work of such writers as Andre Dubus, Richard Bausch, and Joyce Carol Oates.
PAUL GRAHAM writes both literary fiction and nonfiction. In 2005, he won the Dana Literary Award for his unpublished novel, A Trained Voice. His thematic interests circle around gender and embodiment: masculinity, athletics, domesticity, and cooking are some of his favorite subjects. He earned a BA at St. Lawrence University, where he now teaches creative writing and literature, and an MFA at the University of Michigan. He lives with his wife and his German shepherd in Canton, New York, on the Canadian border—a rural, sparsely-populated area perfect for hiking, hanging out with local farmers, playing softball, and, of course, reading and writing.
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