Across the Street From the Ordinary

Don Skiles

Across The Street From The Ordinary is a collection of new short fiction,  following the work in two previous collections, Miss America and Other Stories (Marion Boyars), and Rain After Midnight (Pelekinesis).  These stories share innovative, different perspectives on narration, and the story-teller.  There is a wide, rich variety here - stories centered in the uniqueness of both urban and small town landscapes and characters - stories of setting out, travel, origins, legends. Discoveries.
And something borrowed from the haiku tradition, stories of the moment, the instant - the flash of recognition.

“Here is something to celebrate: a masterful and innovative collection of new short fiction by Don Skiles.” Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen

“Don Skiles’ unusual, remarkable stories are less vignettes than flechettes—phantom material finely honed to penetrate, then dissolve and diffuse in the psyche.” Madison Smartt Bell

Don Skiles is the author of three collections of short fiction: Miss America and Other Stories, The James Dean Jacket Story, and Rain After Midnight, and the novel Football.  His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Catamaran, Chicago Quarterly Review, Journal of Experimental Fiction, MungBeing, Over The Transom, Quaartsiluni, Your Golden Sun Still Shines (anth.), and ZYX.
His poetry appears in three books from Viking Dog Press/Conehenge Studios (with the work of the painter Claribel Cone):  18 Views of San Francisco, Sono Choushi! and Blue Rhapsody.