In a World of Small Truths
by Ray Morrison
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 170 pages
Press 53 . PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130-0314
Ray Morrison spent most of his childhood in Brooklyn, NY and Washington, D.C. but headed south after college to earn his degree in veterinary medicine and he hasn't looked north since. He has happily settled in Winston-Salem, NC with his wife and three children where, when he is not writing short stories, he ministers to the needs of dogs, cats, and rodents. His fiction has appeared in Fiction Southeast, Ecotone, Aethlon, Carve Magazine, Word Riot, Night Train, and others. His stories also appear in a number of anthologies, including What Doesn't Kill You..., Press 53 Spotlight, and The Mix Tape: A Flash Fiction Anthology (Fast Forward Press). He won first prize in the Short Story category of the 2011 Press 53 Open Awards (judged by Chris Offutt) and he has twice won Honorable Mention in the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition.
Cover artist Jeremy Miniard has his roots firmly planted in the rich soils of the rural south. Raised in the small central Alabama town of Pell City, and spending the hot dusty summers of his childhood even deeper in the ravel of the 'Bama back roads of Conecuh County, his work reflects the charm and mystery he found in his surroundings there. A building contractor by trade, he moonlights as a landscape and sports photographer. He married his former high school and college sweetheart — he a saxophonist and she a trombonist — in 2000. They now have two children who are ever his motivation. First and foremost, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his wife and children, but he also enjoys hiking, fishing, and searching for those yet unphotographed, rusty, kudzoo-covered treasures of a bygone era. He has always has a fascination with the ability a photographer has to capture a moment in time and make it last forever. See more of Jeremy's photography on Flickr, and look for Remy Photography on Facebook.
“With a flinty glare and a fine ear for language, these stories give us the 'wahoo!' great fiction always provides, and never lets up. Morrison's subjects range from dogs to divorce and even to a uterus in a jar. These are stories you won't soon forget.”
— Rusty Barnes, author of Mostly Redneck and co-founder of Night Train
“A casual glance at Ray Morrison’s In a World of Small Truths suggest a channeling of Harry Crews, of William Gay, but Morrison stakes out his own territory in the Southern milieu here. He’s at his best when he writes of the tensions between one troubled man and another; characters challenged by crisis—two friends on the run after robbing a convenience store, a man who awakes to find his dog’s throat slit and is convinced it was a neighbor—but for readers who are willing to gaze, unblinkingly, at the characters’ lives and struggles, there are definite surprises and rewards.”
—Terry L. Kennedy, editor of storySouth
“Morrison’s range of voice is stunning—from the deep drumbeat of true grit to the high-pitched timbre of irretrievable loss. Here is a landscape of the human condition, fully realized. Often harsh, often heartbreakingly poignant, Morrison’s characters grasp for the small truths in their lives, some coming up empty-handed, others given that one shot at redemption. A magnificent, kaleidoscopic view of the extraordinary nature of ordinary lives, rendered in lucid, pitch-perfect prose.”
—Lorian Hemingway, author of Walk on Water
Praise for In a World of Small Truths
Includes the short story "Laid to Rest,"
First Prize winner of the 2011 Press 53 Open Awards for Short Story
as judged by Chris Offutt.