Glossolalia by David Jauss
Glossolalia by David Jauss
9 x 6-inch paperback, 250 pages
Praise for the work of DAVID JAUSS
For more than three decades David Jauss has been quietly crafting gems of literature. In Glossolalia he demonstrates yet again the skill, insight, and artistry that have earned him a place among the very best American writers.
Glossolalia is an absolute triumph of the short form by a master of it, and you will not read a better collection anywhere.
—Andre Dubus III
If I were in charge of the seating arrangements, I’d reserve a place for David Jauss in the very first row of contemporary American fiction writers. . . . I’m in awe of Glossolalia.
I have long been a great admirer of the work of David Jauss, though admirer is too weak a word. More like a fanatical fan. His stories have been personal landmarks for as long as I have been writing. . . . The new stories are stronger than ever, which is saying a lot, given the power of the early work, and the publication of Glossolaia is an occasion for all readers to cheer.
Written with clarity and compassion and an ability to see several sides of life simultaneously, Black Maps is a moving, impressive, deeply rewarding collection from a very talented writer.
What a fine collection David Jauss has written. . . . The language of Crimes of Passion is clearly consecrated to its characters: they and their predicaments are more important to Jauss than is any need to show us how rich his gift is. It is very, very rich.
Crimes of Passion is a remarkably varied performance, speaking to us at different times from 16th-century Spain and post-Vietnam America, in the voices of murderers, priests, and heart-broken lovers. The stories are executed with verve and wit, and one of them—“Shards”—is terrifying enough to have vexed my sleep for two nights running. A fine collection.
About the Author
David Jauss is the author of three previous collections of short stories, Black Maps, Crimes of Passion, and Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories; two collections of poems, You Are Not Here and Improvising Rivers; and a collection of essays, On Writing Fiction. He has also edited three anthologies, most recently Words Overflown by Stars: Creative Writing Instruction and Insight from the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Program. His short stories have been published in numerous magazines and reprinted in such anthologies as Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards: Prize Stories, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, as well as in The Pushcart Book of Short Stories: The Best Stories from the Pushcart Prize. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a James A. Michener/Copernicus Society of America Fellowship, and three fellowships from the Arkansas Arts Council and one from the Minnesota State Arts Board. His collection Black Maps received the Associated Writers and Writing Programs Award for Short Fiction. A professor emeritus at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, he teaches in the low-residency MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.