This captivating short story collection explores the canyons, gulches, and vast plains of memory along with the colorful landscapes of the West.
Erica Olsen lives in the Four Corners area, where she does archives and curation work for archaeology museums. A graduate of Stanford, Harvard, and the University of Montana MFA program, she has also been a Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. Her short fiction has appeared in ZYZZYVA, High Desert Journal, and other publications, and her nonfiction pieces in magazines including Fine Books & Collections and High Country News. Her work has received awards including the 2011 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose (for “Grand Canyon II,” included in Recapture).
Praise for Recapture
“Erica Olsen gives us the dream life of the Southwest in this striking collection, a landscape told in language as spare and pungent and exacting as the desert itself. A swift and lovely debut from a writer of real gifts.”
—Kevin Canty, author of Where the Money Went
“These sly, heartbreaking stories capture the modern West, where the past is ever-present and the future is already here.”
—Alison Baker, author of How I Came West, and Why I Stayed
“Beneath their polished surfaces, Erica Olsen’s stories are subversive, sometimes darkly funny, and always disquieting.”
—Susan Lowell Humphreys, author of Ganado Red
“A sharp, wise new voice from the American West, Erica Olsen is the real thing. As wild as David Foster Wallace or George Saunders and as tender as James Salter or Alice Munro, Olsen’s stories are hilarious, painful, and achingly lovely.”
—Amanda Eyre Ward, author of Close Your Eyes
“Like all good narratives, Erica Olsen’s “Grand Canyon II” suggests great consequence. The past is another country. The task of memory is impossible. No one exists and nothing ever happened. But somewhere in your brain, a beautiful lie is being spun….”
—Sarah Manguso, author of The Guardians
“Endlessly illuminating and constantly surprising, revealing a master storyteller at work.”
—Kim Todd, author of Tinkering with Eden: A Natural History of Exotic Species in America
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