Something That Feels Like Truth

Donald Lystra s first novel, Season of Water and Ice, was the winner of the 2009 Midwest Book Award for fiction, making a nice publicity splash for our fiction imprint, Switchgrass, which proudly published it The book garnered lots of publicity too, earing praise for Switchgrass in the pages of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Detroit Free PreDonald Lystra s first novel, Season of Water and Ice, was the winner of the 2009 Midwest Book Award for fiction, making a nice publicity splash for our fiction imprint, Switchgrass, which proudly published it The book garnered lots of publicity too, earing praise for Switchgrass in the pages of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Detroit Free Press, Time Out Chicago magazine, and other venues This volume gathers a bracing selection of short stories by Lystra that are very much cut from the same cloth as his highly acclaimed novel The stories in Something That Feels Like Truth confound expected plot turns, and Lystra develops his characters patiently and naturally, bringing them into convincing and honest actions Lystra was a career engineer before retiring and launching a second career as a writer I like to think this is why his fiction operates with such mathematical precision Every plot point in every story here holds an integral part in the imbuing of its beauty and meaning You can also tell Lystra has read a lot of Hemingway and Chekov and that he aspires to be an inheritor of their effectively concise tradition But there s a touch of Cheever in Lystra s stories as well what that master storyteller did for the suburbs of New York, Lystra does for the Midwest.
Something That Feels Like Truth Donald Lystra s first novel Season of Water and Ice was the winner of the Midwest Book Award for fiction making a nice publicity splash for our fiction imprint Switchgrass which proudly publ

  • Title: Something That Feels Like Truth
  • Author: Donald Lystra
  • ISBN: 9780875806938
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Recently I reviewed this book on WKAR's radio show Current State. You can hear my review here: wkar/post/book-review-donaYou can also read my review below.-Book Review: Something that Feels like Truth by Donald LystraTraditionally, short stories are birthed out of what-ifs.What if you go to Mars and find dead relatives? What if a sea monster confuses a fog horn with a mating call? Both of those examples, by the way, are from master short story writer Ray Bradbury.In Donald Lystra’s latest stor [...]

    2. This book won me over at the very last second. Since I'm from southeast Michigan, it was kind of cool to read stories about places I'm familiar with that never get mentioned, but otherwise the individual stories are starkly written and incredibly repetitive. They are cold portraits of mundane and fairly unpleasant moments in average people's lives, and despite a vague sense of depth I did not find them particularly profound. It's like reading a book entirely about mid-February forests under batt [...]

    3. Excellent short stories. The prose is so lucid and straightforward it's almost stark and yet there is a lyrical element as well. Each piece draws you into its characters, its story, its setting, and its mood Even though they are all quite short. There is a sense of delicate nuance, of the most important part being that which is not said. The respect for nature and the Midwestern context permeates the whole. At the end of each story, there is a slight sense of nostalgia for what has occurred at [...]

    4. This is a collection of well written stories that calls, "go north." Lystra writes Michigan in all of its hard reality. Many of the stories speak of aging and traversing a life, learning that we could have made it different, but not sure if we would have even given the chance.

    5. good collection of short stories -- each ending as short stories seem to do with an ironic twist. Michigan author

    6. The short stories are a very well written and leave you wanting more. All are somber, dark and sad. Actually a number of the stories could be continued as interesting books.

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