Available Monday, December 22, 2014
THE DOWNSTAIRS TENANT AND OTHER STORIES
Jamie Parsley’s first book of short fiction contains 15 stories (and one play) of Dakota at mid-Twentieth Century, a time when morals, ideals and society in general were in flux. Capturing the “Prairie Gothic” genre, these stories are, at turns, tender and haunting, mystical and stoically unflinching, furtive and emotionally raw, violent and humorous. The characters in them struggle with overwhelming loss, tenuous faith, persistent doubt, nagging obsessions, haunted affection and, of course, an unpredictable natural world in which they ultimately find themselves exposed and vulnerable.
JAMIE PARSLEY is the author twelve books of poems, including Fargo, 1957 (2010, Institute for Regional Studies). An Episcopal priest, he serves as Priest-in-Charge of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Fargo, ND. He was appointed an Associate Poet Laureate of North Dakota in 2004 by Poet Laureate Larry Woiwode.