Western Electric (John Simmons Short Fiction Award) by Don Zancanella
English | Nov. 1, 1996 | ISBN: 0877455678 | 142 Pages | PDF | 5 MB
Cumulatively, the eight stories in this exceptionally cohesive first collection feel novelistic in scope and scale. Most of the tales are set in the wide open spaces of Wyoming, ranging in time from 1868 to the late 1970s. A strong sense of how landscape and geography shape and mold character permeates the book. In the clever and subtle "Disarmament," two loners, one an Air Force captain in charge of maintaining decoy missile silos, the other a schoolteacher from Cheyenne who rents a two-room cabin on the prairie each summer, discover each other through their affinity for the plains.