This collection gathers together Michael Bishop's mainstream stories set in Georgia or featuring characters from Georgia. The collection represents the culmination of a career-long project that Bishop did not fully realize he had embarked upon, but that he did always have in the back of his mind.It opens with a hommage, both poignant and funny, to Flannery O’Connor, and closes with his daringly satirical Nebula Award-nominated novelette “Rattlesnakes and Men.”
Table of Contents:
"The Road Leads Back" / "Unfit for Eden" / "Andalusian Triptych, 1962" / "Unlikely Friends" / "Crazy about Each Other" / "Her Smoke Rose Up Forever" / "Other Arms Reach Out to Me" / "How Beautiful with Banners" / "The Russian Agent" / "Doggedly Wooing Madonna" / "Baby Love" / "Change of Life" / "No Picnic" / "Free" / "Rattlesnakes and Men"
“My favorite things to find as a reader: intelligence, invention, surprise, wit, and wisdom. Michael Bishop’s work is a master class in all of the above. This collection is a joy and did I mention funny? Bishop is so often so very funny. Here is a wonderful opportunity to discover or rediscover an extraordinary writer. Let’s do it together!”
—Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club
“Strange, humane, cunning and clear-eyed, these are the short stories of a master of the form. Let me sing the praises of Michael Bishop.”
—Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble
“From the swamps of Georgia to the shores of the Guadalquivir River, from Flannery O’Connor to Walt Whitman, these stories demonstrate the extraordinary range of Michael Bishop’s talent. Like O’Connor, he traffics in the southern gothic. Like Whitman, he preaches the freedom of the human spirit. But his voice is all his own. You will not soon forget the stories in this book. They cleave to the heart, and stick to the soul. They reaffirm Michael Bishop’s mastery of his craft.”
—Dale Bailey, author of The Resurrection Man's Legacy
“It’s time for the world to know what I’ve known for decades: Michael Bishop is our finest storyteller—bold, warm, wise, and incisively funny.”
—Kelly Robson, award-winning author of "Waters of Versailles"
“In his Other Arms Reach Out to Me: Georgia Stories, Michael Bishop accomplishes something all writers strive for, yet few achieve: near perfection in the literary arts. His handling of setting, character, language, and pacing is the work of a master artist, a writer reminiscent of O’Connor and Faulkner. I cannot remember such an engaging reading adventure in many years. This collection will surely secure Bishop’s place among significant Southern writers.”
—Terry Kay, author of To Dance with the White Dog
“I love these stories. They are as poignant, funny, sad, and tender as life. This is reality distilled and intensified, inventive and inevitable at the same time. Bishop’s endings are both satisfying and subtle, a most difficult combination.These stories may be set mostly in Georgia, but they are stories for the world. And this may seem overdone, but it’s how I feel: For anyone who says we’ll never see another Chekhov, I have news. In Michael Bishop, the spirit of dear old Anton has returned to earth in a land of red hills, kudzu, decorative laundry, and Yellow Jackets. One more time: I love these stories.”
—Bruce Holland Rogers, author of The Keyhole Opera
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
In 1988, Michael Bishop won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for an earlier version of Unicorn Mountain. His other prize-winning novels are No Enemy but Time (1982), winner of a Nebula Award, and Brittle Innings (1994), winner of a Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. He has also published poetry, reviews, and essays as well as story collections, notably Other Arms Reach Out to Me: Georgia Stories (2017), winner of a Georgia Author of the Year Award in 2018. He continues to live in Pine Mountain, Georgia, with his wife Jeri of fifty-one years, a retired elementary-school counselor, a yoga devotee, and an avid gardener. On November 5, 2018, Bishop was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.