Ian Stansel is the author of the novel The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017) and the story collection Everybody’s Irish (FiveChapters, 2013). His work has appeared in numerous venues such as Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, Joyland, Cincinnati Review, Salon, Poets & Writers, and elsewhere. He lives in Kentucky with his wife, writer Sarah Anne Strickley, and their two daughters, and directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Louisville.
photo credit: Travis Stansel
COMING SEPTEMBER 2020
A Glossary for the End of Days: Stories
Following his acclaimed debut novel, The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo, the eleven stories of Ian Stansel’s Glossary for the End of Days explore today’s cultural and political climate with a disarming blend of speculation and realism. Whether faced with tragedy, approaching disaster, or an all-too-familiar uncertainty, Stansel’s protagonists—siblings, lovers, executives, drifters—reveal complex and often startling turns of mind, surprising themselves as well as the reader.
In Boulder, a man calls into a radio program with an altered tale of his brother’s murder—and faces the consequences when the story goes viral. In Tampa, a woman attends a convention of people believing themselves to be targets of clandestine government agencies. In Houston, a family full of secrets attempts to escape an oncoming tropical storm. In an East Coast college town, a professor has a charged run-in with a young woman from the radical right. And in Iowa, a cult suicide spurs the lone survivor to create a “glossary” in an effort to come to terms with his experience.
Simultaneously gritty and lyrical, grounded and visionary, Glossary for the End of Days gives us characters grappling with how to push on through dark days, dark times. This arresting, relevant collection tunes into and seeks to illuminate shared anxieties about the present—and future—of our world.
208 pp., 5 1/4 x 8 1/4
ISBN 978-1-946724-34-2 (pbk)
ISBN 978-1-946724-35-9 (ebook)
PRAISE FOR GLOSSARY FOR THE END OF DAYS
“A collection of stories in search of an America that resists road mapping. In nine stories and two short ‘interludes,’ Stansel presents protagonists from all over the country in search of their identities (from sexual orientation to musical category), attempting to come to terms with mortality (their own and others), trying to find meaning and order in a world of chance and chaos. . . . [Stansel] is a writer who thinks hard and deep about the country that forges his fiction.” —Kirkus Reviews