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ISBN: 978-1-62557-712-2
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Categories Fiction, Short Stories

Sun River

Publication Date: May 2019


With beautiful and harrowing distillation, Ben Nickol’s stories reveal how we love and how we lose what we love. Deft and affecting, this is an impressive collection.

–E.J. Levy

Like the river itself, Ben Nickol’s stories wind through some wild and rich country, full of beauty and peril both. Leaving the pretty myths behind, Nickol sets off into the lives of everyday people doing all they can to get by on the edges of wild places. These are stories and lives that will stay with you long after the last page is turned.

–Pete Fromm

The stories in Sun River bear the clean force and beauty of a Rocky Mountain rainstorm. They are fierce, tugging, and unforgettable. Sometimes a new American voice comes to us like dark thunder. Ben Nickol is that voice.

–Alyson Hagy

,Ben Nickol’s Sun River is an exquisitely crafted and thoroughly engaging book of short stories set in North Idaho and Western Montana. Struggling with decisions made by and for them, Nickol’s men and women bicker and yearn in off-putting witticisms and common sense wisdom. His study here is nothing less than an American vernacular, the language of a people worn and scarred by time and place and decisions big and small. However flawed and desperate, they try, they endure, hopeful and defiant. Illuminated by hard-won insights, Nickol’s Sun River is a meditative, rewarding read.

–Marc Bojanowski

Ben Nickol’s Sun River is an impressive collection. The people in his stories are often on the knife-edge of peril: they’re in transition, embarking on journeys, at breaking points, on icy marital roads. As I read, I found myself leaning forward in the seat, peering ahead, pressing down on the accelerator. As the collection makes clear, Nickol’s unforgettable characters are always “racing ahead of the storm.” I loved these stories and their heartbreaking lives.

–David Abrams

About the Author

Ben Nickol

Ben's earlier books are Adherence (2016) and Where the Wind Can Find It (2015).  His stories and essays have appeared widely, in journals such as Alaska Quarterly Review, Boulevard, Redivider, Tin House Online, Fugue and CutBank, and have been honored by the Arkansas Arts Council and Best American Sports Writing, among other organizations. He lives with his family in Kansas, and teaches Creative Writing at Wichita State University.

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