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Ron Parsons

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Southfield, Michigan, The United States



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RON PARSONS is a writer living in Sioux Falls. Born in Michigan and raised in South Dakota, he was inspired to begin writing fiction in Minneapolis while attending the University of Minnesota. His short stories have appeared in many literary magazines and venues, including The Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review, Storyville App, The Briar Cliff Review, Flyway, and The Onion.

His debut collection of stories, THE SENSE OF TOUCH, was released by Aqueous Books and was named to Kirkus Review's Best Books of 2014 with a starred review.

About the collection:

Old friends uncomfortably reunited and lovers who cling to their distance from one another; disappearing fathers, fiercely loving grandfathers, and strangers who pass through and radically change l

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The Sense of Touch

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Kirkus names "The Sense of Touch" to "Best Books of 2014"

Very humbled and honored that Kirkus Reviews has named "The Sense of Touch" as one of its "Best Books of 2014." The starred review may be found here:
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Published on April 17, 2015 08:24 Tags: best-books, fiction, kirkus, literary-fiction, midwest, short-stories
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“Never trust anything, not until you can touch it. With touch, you know you know.”
Ron Parsons, The Sense of Touch
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“For no reason that she could discern, she put down the novel and picked up her cell phone. She was lonely, yes, but had been so for as long as she cared to remember, and nothing seemed to be pressing that particular bruise, one of many, at the moment. Her loneliness was at a comfortable echelon: not growing like a tree, nor multiplying as a moss, but just simply there. A permanent, weathered embedded rock. A boulder in the wheat field. A bullet inside of a body, too dangerous to remove, around which tissue grows.”
Ron Parsons, The Sense of Touch

“They were relaxing at the top of a waterfall, in a small, still pool where the mountain waters hit an upward slope of folded granite. It was sort of a rounded bathtub, carved out of the rock throughout the centuries by the rushing river, a river so hidden that it was without a name. Just below were the falls, about a 30-foot drop into another, much larger pool of clearest water that was gathered for a respite, a compromise in the river's relentless schedule downward, between split-level decks of flat rock. Further on, the river reanimated and released into a sharp ravine, pulling westward, down through the rugged mountains and faceless forest--the Black Hills National Forest--gaining force until it joined with the rush of the Castle River, near the old Custer Trail, and was swallowed into the Deerfield Reservoir to collect and prepare for the touch of man.”
Ron Parsons, The Sense of Touch

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