Acceleration Hours

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Author: Jesse Goolsby

Format: Cloth
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781948908627
Published Date: 2020

From the author of the critically-acclaimed novel, I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them, Jesse Goolsby’s Acceleration Hours is a haunting collection of narratives about families, life, and loss during America’s twenty-first-century forever wars. Set across the mountain west of the United States, these fierce, original, and compelling stories illuminate the personal search for human connection and intimacy. From a stepfather’s grief to an AWOL soldier and her journey of reconciliation to a meditation on children, violence, and hope, Acceleration Hours is an intense and necessary portrayal of the many voices living in a time of perpetual war.

Author Bio
Jesse Goolsby is an award-winning author and associate professor of English and Fine Arts at the United States Air Force Academy. His short fiction and essays have appeared widely, including Epoch, Narrative Magazine, TriQuarterly, The Literary Review, Pleiades, Salon, and the Best American series. He is the recipient of the Richard Bausch Short Story Prize, the John Gardner Memorial Award in Fiction, and fellowships from the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He also serves as the Acquisition Editor for the literary journal War, Literature & the Arts.

In Acceleration Hours, Jesse Goolsby relies on well-established literary traditions to provide his unique take on important human themes. Through the tradition of wartime literature, he considers death and faith, pain and anguish, and fear and hope. Through the literature of the West, he explores self-sufficiency, individualism, and survival. In his entirely original and intriguing execution, Goolsby manages to explore these often hard and ugly truths through the lives of his fascinating characters, and he does so in a way that is empathetic without being sentimental.
Caleb Cage, author of Desert Mementos