Grace for Grace

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Project Description

Cover of Spider Love Song and Other Stories by Nancy Au.


Steve De Jarnatt’s fiction has appeared in Santa Monica Review, Cincinnati Review, Missouri Review, New England Review, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Short Stories, among others. He has worked as a writer, director, and producer in film and television for three decades, most notably writing and directing the cult classic Miracle Mile.


Grace for Grace: Stories

Steve De Jarnatt

Grace for Grace brings celebrated cult filmmaker Steve De Jarnatt’s distinctive voice and cinematic vision to the page. Lush inner lives, idiosyncratic syntax, and sweeping scale characterize these wildly imaginative stories, which present characters in search of meaning and belonging, and often, at the same time, redemption and revenge.

“Rubiaux Rising” (a Best American Short Stories selection) is a tale of triumph amid calamity during Hurricane Katrina, “Her Great Blue”a surreal interspecies love story. “Mulligan” reveals the private pain of parents traveling across the country to give away their children, and “Wraiths in a Swelter” is both a ghost story and a confessional memoir—following a deliriously exhausted EMT through a deadly Chicago heat wave.

Many of the stories in Grace for Grace are set against the backdrop of natural or manmade catastrophes. These disasters test the characters’ limits as they confront sudden changes and extremes, discovering through their unexpected resourcefulness and endurance something beyond suffering . . . something that approaches the sublime.

192 pp., 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

ISBN 978–1-946724–30–4 (pbk)

ISBN 978-1-946724-31-1 (e-book)

Praise for Steve De Jarnatt

[De Jarnatt’s] stories . . . have violence at their centers and are richly textured—the prose being ornate, rococo, thickly detailed .—Janice Obuchowski

Woven throughout De Jarnatt’s work is a creeping sense of oblivion. . . . De Jarnatt always manages to find the humor and humanity in oblivion, however, sometimes through bizarre conceits. —Popdose


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