WATER OF AN UNDETERMINED DEPTH
Author: Richard Chiappone
Publisher: STACKPOLE BOOKS, Jan 2003
What's a man to do when his life is just work & trouble? Some hunt, some fish, some drink, some gamble. Chiappone writes about them all - men living their lives, doing what they have to, & getting through the day. Characters are real, gritty, imperfect working men, who make the wrong choices & mess up. These stories about real people, tough & resilient, making hard choices, are a powerful & inspiring collection. 6x9 inches, 144 pgs.
"The art of the American short story is alive and well in Richard Chiappone's hands. Like Raymond Carver and Richard Ford, he writes with tough-minded concern for the real lives of real people--fathers and sons, husbands and wives--literary representatives of the genuine life of our times, which rarely pokes through the trivial glitz of tv, movies and what is called "the news." Chiappone writes with grit and grace about how human beings work around disappointment, failure and loss to find enough redemption to keep them going. Chiappone is a masterful story-teller."
--Christopher Camuto, author of Hunting from Home and Another Country: Journeying Toward the Cherokee Mountains.
"A brilliant father-son story, luminous from many angles."
--Gray's Sporting Journal
"A favorite of mine . . . is Richard Chiappone's 'The Chubs'--about a young man trying to reconcile his father's expectations with his own unformed hopes."
--The California Fly Fisher
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Richard Chiappone contributed a short story to City Fishing. He lives in Anchorage, Alaska.