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A sense of the bizarre unique to the Northwest runs through the stories in Moss Gatherers: a French cyclist is murdered by supposed "moss gatherers" in costal Oregon; a child has fungus growing on his forehead; and an old woman wearing a crown of lit candles plays a Victrola in a cornfield. The stories are infused with a sense of decay and stagnancy lit by surprising flickers of human decency, however small: a young girl plays boogie-woogie at her brother's wedding, and her family dances; an old woman tries to comfort a grieving teenager; and a woman preoccupied with safety leaves her front door wide open one night for the sake of a lost bird. Through these stories, we realize that the bizarre is always at the periphery of our otherwise mundane lives, and when we meet it, we are offered the chance to be forever changed.
Stories have appeared in Northwest Review, The Seattle Review, StringTown, and The North Dakota Review. "Mirror Dress," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and another story, "Red Breast" won the Nelson Bentley Prize in Fiction awarded to the best story published in a year of The Seattle Review by the magazine’s editors.
Publication of the book is made possible in part by support from the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, City of Seattle.
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Matt Briggs is the author of The Remains of River Names (Black Heron Press) and Misplaced Alice (StringTown Press). Clear Cut Press will release his first novel, Shoot the Buffalo in the summer of 2005. His work has appeared in the anthologies Reading Seattle (UW Press), Split: A Generation Raised on Divorce (McGraw-Hill), and The Rendezvous Reader (11th Ave E Press). Currently Matt Briggs is Writer-in-Residence at Richard Hugo House in Seattle.Review:
Briggs' enormous and uncommon talent is for crafting fiction technically bold and psychologically daring, highly styled and deeply human. -- The Stranger
Briggs' work is new, robust, vital and original; it’s all good. -- Stephen Dixon, author of Frog and Interstate
The stories collected in Matt Briggs' "The Moss Gatherers" are as authentically Northwestern as fiction can get. -- The Seattle Times, May 15, 2005
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Book Description StringTown Press, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0971896739