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The bold and provocative stories in the deeply affecting debut collection Home Remedies (Harvest Paperback Original) by Angela Pneuman follow a compelling cast of characters, all of whom hail from Kentucky. She creates a world where Christian fundamentalists traverse various stages and crises of belief, friendships ride the edge between ambivalence and animosity, and families grapple with an anxious, irreducible mix of longing and repulsion. With an uncanny knack for conveying our most uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, Pneuman keeps the reader turning the pages wondering what could possibly happen next. A compassionate and clear-eyed look at religious faith and family ties – tinged with Southern gothic and filled with unsettling truths – Home Remedies marks the beginning of a distinguished literary career.
Angela Pneuman is a recent Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford University. Stories from Home Remedies have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Ploughshares, the Iowa Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere. Raised in Kentucky, she lives in Albany, New York where she is currently a Presidential Fellow at University at Albany, State University of New York.
Angela Pneuman reads in the Writers At Newark Reading Series annual ‘First Books’ reading with Jennifer Gilmore on Wed., Mar. 19, 2008, 5:30-7 p.m., at Paul Robeson Gallery.