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In the Shadow of Our House: Stories

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In Scott Blackwood's debut collection of thematically linked stories, people live on the cusp of the past and present, saddled with the knowledge that "sometimes what you're thinking can't be dovetailed with what you do.”

Set in Austin, Texas, the nine stories are told in spare language freighted with a sense of loss and dread, responsibility and fate. The characters in Bla
Hardcover, 170 pages
Published July 9th 2001 by Southern Methodist University Press (first published 2001)
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In the Shadow of Our House is a collection of stories set in and around a neighborhood in Austin, Texas, that deals primarily with characters living and dealing with the "shadows" of their pasts and the choices they've made. A few of the characters recur in multiple stories, and this, coupled with the shared setting, gives a strong sense of unity to the collection.

This, Scott Blackwood's first collection, is full of finely wrought stories that do an excellent job of dropping the reader into the
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Scott pulls no punches in this blunt look at the modern American psyche. There are no tidy endings or ironic reversals. What we get are scraps from the lives of everyday Austin citizens struggling for wholeness, wracked with grief and regret. Scott's language is sparse and direct; no words are wasted. He makes the mundane drip with emotion, and captures the fleeting nature of intimacy in each vignette with broken marriages and estranged children. Fans of Faulkner, McCarthy, and Sam Mendes will f ...more
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Scott Blackwood is the author of three books of fiction, including the forthcoming novel SEE HOW SMALL (Little Brown and Company and HarperCollins U.K. 2015). Blackwood was a 2011 Whiting Writers' Award recipient and his first novel, WE AGREED TO MEET JUST HERE, set in the Deep Eddy Neighborhood of Austin, Texas, won the AWP Prize for the Novel, Texas Institute of Letters Award for best work of fi ...more
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