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Thomas Pierce is the author of the novel, The Afterlives (Riverhead 2018), and the short story collection, Hall of Small Mammals. A recipient of the 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation, his stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Zoetrope, The Oxford American, and Virginia Quarterly Review and anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014 and The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015 . He has reported for NPR and National Geographic Magazine. Born and raised in South Carolina, he recieved his M.F.A. from the University of Virginia as Poe/Faulkner Fellow and currently lives near Charlottesville, VA with his wife and daughters.

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The Afterlives

3.53 avg rating — 1,310 ratings — published 2018 — 12 editions
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Hall of Small Mammals: Stories

3.73 avg rating — 1,096 ratings — published 2015 — 8 editions
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Shirley Temple Three

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Chairman Spaceman

3.91 avg rating — 34 ratings — published 2017 — 2 editions
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This Is an Alert

3.73 avg rating — 26 ratings — published 2015
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Ba Baboon

3.88 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 2014
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Videos of People Falling Down

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Die Leben danach: Roman

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Tardy Man

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Das Leben danach

3.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2018
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“God created the world in seven days, but those days weren't necessarily twenty-four-hour days. Each one of His days might have been a million years long. Human time means nothing in the realm of Heaven, where clocks probably don't have hands, but golden arms, and the arms belong to God. On which day did the mammoth get created? It wasn't on the seventh day, since that was the day of rest. Quite possibly it came on the morning of the fifth an d went back out again the same afternoon. Thinking of creations come and gone in such a short amount of time makes Mawmaw sad.”
Thomas Pierce, Shirley Temple Three

“Inside every group, he decides, there are more groups. Circles within circles, and inside of those, more circles still, all of them infinitely divisible. You could spend your whole life wondering which ones you're in and which ones you're not and which ones really want you and which ones are holes that have no bottom.”
Thomas Pierce, Hall of Small Mammals: Stories

“Through the metal bars of the jungle gym, she watches two gray squirrels chase each other around a tree. Around and around and around. So gratuitous.”
Thomas Pierce, Hall of Small Mammals: Stories

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