Nocturnal America by John Keeble
(Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction)

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Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, this collection of tales returns readers to the American Northwest so deftly observed and powerfully evoked in John Keeble’s previous works. Nocturnal America occupies a terrain at once familiar and strange, where homecoming and dislocation can coincide, and families can break apart or hone themselves on the hard edges of daily life. In these stories, Keeble populates what journalist Joel Garreau once called the “Empty Quarter” of North America with complex humanity. Life ranges vibrantly through these airy spaces, at times finding itself thrown up against the shifty terrors of political and cultural change.

Keeble’s stories hinge on love—its difficulty, its loss and pangs, but also its discovery of good fortune. As his characters come and go, unexpectedly converging, vanishing, or reappearing, their stories reach beyond the ordinariness of life.



About John Keeble

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\John Keeble is the author of Out of the Channel: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Prince William Sound and four novels, including Broken Ground and Yellowfish. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the Village Voice, American Short Fiction, Outside, and Best American Short Stories. Keeble is also the writer for the prize-winning PBS documentary on the life of Raymond Carver, To Write and Keep Kind. He has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and received a Washington State Governor’s Award.
Published November 1, 2006 by University of Nebraska Press. 272 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Louis pops up again in the best story, “I Could Love You (If I Wanted).” Here, Lola, a single parent, is caring for her dying mother while reluctantly fending off Louis, the consummate ladies’ man.

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Other stories include "Zeta's House," a short but intense picture of a house in mourning, and "I Could Love You (if I Wanted)," which follows an unemployed single mother as she struggles to raise her two daughters while her mother grows increasingly ill.

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