August 15, 2014
This Land Magazine

August 15, 2014

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Our Summer Fiction Issue is filled to the brim with new work by Oklahoma authors. Guest Editor Constance Squires worked with writers from all over the state to curate a fiction issue that represents a mix of sensibilities and subject matter. Here’s a preview of what you’ll find inside:

SNAKE BALL: A desperate desire for peer approval—and a preoccupation with things venomous and flammable — leads to mayhem for a gang of adolescents. By Bayard Godsave.

TEN-DOLLAR WORD: An old man recalls his moment of transcendence—as an 8-year-old boy, cupped in some oversized baseball glove he couldn’t see. By Steve Garrison.

WORKING CLASS HERO: Race, rage, and regret cloud the vision of a black skinhead struggling to find his place in the inner city. By Angela Morris.

THE DIRT ROOM: A haunting tale of bones, burial, and resurrection. By Aimee Parkison.

THE TRAIN SINGER’S SONG: A teacher transfixed by the everyday passing of freight trains gets a lesson in release from a young boy with a spellbinding song. By George McCormick.

BOOKS, MOVIES, ROCK ‘N ROLL: Constance Squires sits down with novelist Dana Spiotta for a conversation about process, technology, Rumble Fish, and more.

ORIGINAL OKIE: A stunning portrait of our state’s most successful author of literary fiction, Rilla Askew. By Shane Brown. 

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