Conversations and Other Writing
In conversation about flash fiction with Joseph Aguilar, Patricia Colleen Murphy, & Alicita Rodríguez at Copper Nickel.
Moderated by Angela Bogart-Monteith & Taylor Kirby
Essay, Glimmer Train Bulletin #121
Every writer has those stories and books that make you want to cry uncle, that convince you that the stories you want to tell have been told before, and better.
Home Leave refreshes form and voice with every chapter, each one a stunning act of disorientation and re-orientation that takes us deeper into the hearts and histories of the Kriegstein family as they relocate and settle with varying degrees of enthusiasm and trepidation.
While his stories often hinge on the morbid and unusual, readers don’t have to work hard to suspend disbelief; ultimately, Chaon’s work doesn’t strive to show us the freakishness of his characters’ worlds, but the familiarity of them.