San Francisco, CA, August 01, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Fiction author Steven Mayfield today announced the release of his collection of short stores, Howling at the Moon, published by Mount Parnassus Press. Funny, incisive, heartbreaking and at times wickedly cynical, Mayfield’s fiction mines the soul of the American character, unearthing hope and despair, joy and sorrow, largesse and larceny.
Steven Mayfield’s book begins with “Food Chain” when an innocent motorist is hilariously ensnared in an inescapable web camouflaged as a Manhattan traffic jam. “Reliquary” examines a life perhaps not worth living and the man who selfishly sustains it, while in the title story a surviving son stubbornly clings to adolescent rebellion even as his mother lies in her casket. “The Next One” introduces Rose Summerville, a new schoolteacher in the American South of the 1960s caught up in a social current as relentless as the mighty Mississippi River, while “MOMCON” delivers a raucously amusing rant on modern cell phone culture. The book closes with “Which Way’s Ireland?” where the nature of true courage is seen through the eyes of a boy when he spots a mysterious airplane from a New England seashore in the autumn of 1927.
“A superbly wrought set of tales as beguiling as a midnight serenade.”
- Kirkus Discoveries
“The common themes of ‘Howling at the Moon’ seem to be human vulnerability and, ironically, the power that vulnerability can unleash…Mayfield shines especially in the stories about marriage.”
- U.S. Review of Books
“Mayfield brings a magnificent range of both emotion and intellect to these stories.”
- Barbara Herrick; author of The Blackberry Tea Club
“Mayfield doesn't shy away from writing about complex topics that span the spectrum of the human experience. He embraces the challenge and offers us a rare collection of work that proves he has the ability to observe the small details in life that tell us everything about who we are."
- Thanh Tan, Idaho Public Television
Howling at the Moon is available on-line in paperback through Mount Parnassus Press, Amazon and Barnes and Noble for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more. Kindle (Amazon) and e-book versions (Outskirts Press) are available.
ISBN: 978-0-9753314-0-8 Format: 6 x 9 paperback SRP: $12.95
978-97533140--1-5 Format: 6 x 9 hardback w/jacket SRP: $25.95
Genre: Fiction/short stories (single author)
About the author:
Steven Mayfield, a past recipient of the Mari Sandoz Prize for Fiction, is the author of numerous short stories and was the 1998 editor of the literary journal Cabin Fever. He currently lives in San Francisco with frequent return visits to Boise and his beloved Broncos.
For more information or to contact the author, visit www.mountparnassuspress.com.