Daniel Abbott

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Daniel Abbott is the author of The Concrete (Ig Publishing 2018). His writing has appeared in Lit Hub, the Noctua Review, the Ginosko Literary Journal, and the Owen Wister Review.

Daniel earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from Grand Valley State University and an MFA in Fiction from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Daniel lives with his family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he is busy at work on a new novel.

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“The little girl who loved her father more than anything in the world is gone. Who survived has survived wolves.”
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“It’s like she’s floating inside of herself, in the dark, and whatever hasn’t already emptied inside her is emptying now...”
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“Cesar knew better. He did. And love. Love just makes a man weak. A woman, a child—doesn’t matter what face the love has, love makes you stupid, it takes you out of your character, twists you, folds you, it drags you out into deep waters and drowns you. Love has you thinking about all the things you buried. All the things you left behind. It has you thinking about your mother, who was a nurse once, wearing scrubs and coming home late, before all the fighting, before the vodka, before the heroin, before Cesar found her in the bathtub sleeping in her own blood.
Love has you crying on the couch while you’re feeding your baby. Not even a month old and you’re leaving him. Not because you want to, but because of love. Because you love him and you know he’s better off with somebody else. Because it’s the right thing to do. But righteousness doesn’t take the edge of the sting. Because it hurts. Because he’s looking up at you. His eyes wide in awe like you’re God herself. Your son cannot understand a word that you’re saying.

He doesn’t understand that you’re saying goodbye.”
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“There’s something tragic about the way the moonlight hits her. It’s like tonight is hers. The black sky looking down and shaking its head. Another one lost to this wicked world.”
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“Because the worst hurt in the world is losing your father’s love. The worst hurt in the world is watching his eyes change when he looks at you. When the marriage trudges forward but the family gets divorced. And your mother can’t stand you for telling on her. And your father resents you for being the one who found out. And they both, in their own ways, move on without you.”
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“He knows nothing of those dark roads she’s travelled, those dark deeds she’s done, the doors she’s locked her innocence in. That Joy Green is gone. Those keys are lost. Jackie loves a memory, that’s all, and what good did love ever do anybody anyway.”
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“Iggy had only heard whispers, but the truth isn’t something bellowed—the truth is found in the wind, in the cracks of the concrete, in the eyes of people not saying a word, not trying to plead their case. The truth is silent and loud. And the truth about Cesar Bolden is if you cross him you come up missing, no evidence, no leads, you end up gone like you were never there at all.”
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“This is no quick fix. There is no Band-aid big enough for his life.”
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Chaya Bhuvaneswar Hi Daniel, I am outreaching all 88 of my Goodreads friends (also you're an Aevitas colleague!) and asking if they'd like a free review copy of my forthcoming short story collection WHITE DANCING ELEPHANTS. Hope so much you'll be in touch if you'd like one. chayabhuvaneswar.com contact form and just mark the subject 'REVIEW COPY REQUEST" or you can also request one from the publisher website DZANCBOOKS.ORG.
Thanks for sharing your recs...once this tempest of publicity is done with I so look forward to sitting down w/ some coffee and the books on your list and just being quiet and reading! xo Chaya


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