Friday, July 21, 2006

Necessary Lies

Necessary Lies:

Stories by Kerry Neville Bakken

Recipient of the G.S. Charat Shandra Prize in Fiction

Published by BkMk Press (University of Missouri)

in August 2006

Kerry Neville Bakken

"Death, birth and the complications of both are the threads running through Bakken's debut story collection. In "The Effects of Light," Jack and his soon-to-be-ex wife travel to Greece seeking closure after his sister Kate's suicide. Jack, all his life the "brother-knight charged with [Kate's] safekeeping," must learn how to carry on when the burden of caring for her has been lifted. In "Eggs," Annie and Noah, anxious to start a family, suffer through months of "unreproductive sex" and fertility treatments while Annie's friend gets and remains pregnant just long enough to abort. The title story centers on the impending birth of Mike and Gwen's daughter; Mike feels neglected as Gwen shares a bond with their unborn child that he can't share. His alienation if further compounded when he decides to help a troubled teenager in his English class who pours out her self-destructive longings in a class journal. Mike finds himself unsure of how to contend with the implications of his good intentions and wonders how he will cope with parenting. Bakken's quiet exploration of life's bookends makes for an auspicious first outing."

--Publisher's Weekly
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About the Author:

Kerry Neville Bakken's stories and essays have appeared recently in Glimmer Train, Story Quarterly, The Texas Review, Hampton Shorts, and Shorewords: A Collection of American Women's Coastal Writings. Bakken has been the recipient of the Associated Writing Program's Intro Journals Award for Fiction and the Henfield/Transatlantic Review Fellowship in Fiction. A graduate of Colgate University and the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston, Bakken is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Allegheny College.


Blogger Eila (Chef/Owner of "Full Plate") said...

I cannot wait to pick up a copy! Love seeing this gorgeous photo of look EXACTLY like you did in college. So happy for all of your success as a writer!

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