Close Is Fine by Eliot Treichel

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Life’s private reflections, big and small, shape and define the characters in Eliot Treichel's debut short story collection. Rural Wisconsin—the lonely, aching expanse of quiet isolation—doubles as a metaphor for the characters who yearn for a closeness in personal relationships that is just out of grasp. A rivalry between lumberjacks reaches a sticky end. A man's substandard work on his house mirrors his halfhearted attempt to fix his marriage. A little girl's valorous rescue of mice is lost on her unsentimental father. High school soccer teams, bear cubs, dog sledding—all are masterfully woven together in a landscape that becomes a character in itself. Treichel expertly captures the voice of the individual, allowing any individual, anywhere, who has felt the inescapable pangs of loneliness, to connect to his characters’ aching hearts and quiet plights.

About Eliot Treichel

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Eliot Treichel is a native of Wisconsin, who now lives in Eugene, Oregon. He has an MFA from Bennington College and now teaches writing at Lane Community College. Eliot also works as a freelance writer, and is passionately committed to having a personal influence on his local literary community. His work has appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, CutBank, Passages North, and Southern Indiana Review. Close is Fine is his first novel.
Published November 1, 2012 by Ooligan Press. 138 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Pacific Northwest author Treichel debuts with a collection of short stories focused on the muted struggles of Midwestern blue collar characters to make sense of their messy, often reduced circumstance

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In his first book, Eliot Treichel sets each story in northern Wisconsin's woods and small towns, and his clever, heartfelt writing produces a pack of memorable characters.

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