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The Principle of Ultimate
Indivisibility weaves together the disparate lives of ordinary
people as they stumble through tiny everyday epiphanies on their way from
confusion and loss toward redemption. With structures both traditional
and experimental, these thirteen linked stories explore the bonds of family...
the impacts of religion... our intertwined struggles with grief, love,
and addiction... the intangible circuits of influence that link us to strangers...
and the blind but determined striving for consciousness that is common
to human experience.
Stories in the collection have been published
in a variety of journals and have won a Short Fiction Award and an Honorable
Mention from Chronogram Magazine, a Fiction Fellowship from the
New Jersey Council on the Arts, and a Pushcart Prize nomination.
Subtlety ought to be on an endangered
literary species list, but Brent Robison brilliantly makes the case for
its essentiality in this exquisite collection of webbed stories. These
stories argue that everything is a facet of the same jewel and we touch
each otherís lives in unfathomable ways. To read them is to heighten oneís
bond with strangers.
Marbrook Far From Algiers 2007 Wick Poetry Prize
Rich, layered, images take us
deep inside the lives of Robison's characters, their stories weaving together
a tapestry as textured as it is beautiful. Brent Robison's stories are
reminiscent of Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio -- stories of
ordinary people caught in the crosshairs of circumstance, sometimes of
their own making, sometimes not. All of them heroic in their honest struggle
to find meaning and ultimately love. A gorgeous timeless collection about
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Brent Robison emigrated west
to east and is now rooted in the Catskill Mountains of New York state.
He has over 25 yearsí experience writing professionally for a wide variety
of corporate clients, and his journalism has appeared in several regional
publications. As a fiction writer, he is a former participant in the Writerís
Studio in New York City as well as other workshops. His short stories have
been published in print and online in Alchemy, Crania, Boston Literary
Magazine, Margins, Pindeldyboz, Silent Voices, The Mochila Review,
and other journals, and have been anthologized in Of a Certain Age:
Voices of Experience and Tribute to Orpheus 2. In addition,
his work has won the Chronogram Short Fiction Contest, the Literal
Latte Short Short Award, a Fiction Fellowship from the New Jersey Council
on the Arts, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. He is also the publisher
and editor of the Hudson Valley regionís literary annual, Prima Materia.