Paula Whyman is the author of You May See A Stranger, a linked story collection that won praise from The New Yorker and a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Her stories have appeared in journals including McSweeney’s Quarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, The Hudson Review, and The Southampton Review.
In Paula Whyman’s debut collection of stories, we find her hoarding duct tape to ward off terrorists, stumbling into a drug run with a crackhead, and – frequently – enduring the bad behavior of men. A drivers’ education class pulsing with racial tension is the unexpected context of her sexual awakening. As she comes of age, and in the three decades that follow, the potential for violence always hovers nearby. She’s haunted by the fate of her disabled sister and – thanks to the crack cocaine epidemic of the 80s, the wars in the Middle East, and the sniper attacks – the threat of crime and terror in her hometown of Washington, D.C. Miranda can be lascivious, sardonic, and maddeningly self-destructive, but, no matter what befalls her, she never loses her sharp wit or powers of observation, which illuminate both her own life and her strange, unsettling times
David James Poissant
David James Poissant’s stories and essays have appeared inThe Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, The New York Times, One Story, Playboy, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and in the New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices anthologies. His writing has been awarded the Matt Clark Prize, the George Garrett Fiction Award, the RopeWalk Fiction Chapbook Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award, and the Alice White Reeves Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts & Letters, as well as awards from The Chicago Tribune and The Atlantic Monthly and Playboy magazines. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters.
Words on The Heaven of Animals: Masterful...Poissant's gift of fiction writing is a great big gift...You can move among William Faulkner, Harry Crews, and Flannery O'Connor to find the muscle here, and among Eudora Welty, Lee Smith, and Jill McCorkle for the tenderness...A great strength of this collection: Though many of the characters are not like us readers one bit (some are), Poissant shows us how much alike we all are as fathers, mothers, friends, children, liars, and lovers, no matter our pedigree. - Clyde Edgerton, Garden & Gun