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This guide supports David James Poissant's Spring 2016 visit to DePauw
Named one of Amazon's Best Short Story Collections of 2014 One of Atlanta Journal Constitution's 9 Best Books of 2014 Best Short Story Collection of the Year, Tweed's Magazine Winner of GLCA New Writers Award for Fiction 2014 LA Times Book Prize Finalist Winner of the Florida Book Awards Silver Medal for Fiction Nominated for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction In each of the stories in this remarkable debut, award-winning writer David James Poissant explores the tenuous bonds of family-fathers and sons, husbands and wives-as they are tested by the sometimes brutal power of love. His strikingly true-to-life characters have reached a precipice, chased there by troubles of their own making. Standing at the brink, each must make a choice: Leap, or look away? Pulitzer Prize finalist Lee Martin writes that Poissant forces us "to face the people we are when we're alone in the dark." From two friends racing to save the life of an alligator in "Lizard Man" to a girl helping her boy-friend face his greatest fears in "The End of Aaron," from a man who stalks death on an Atlanta street corner to a brother's surprise at the surreal, improb-able beauty of a late night encounter with a wolf, Poissant creates worlds that shine with honesty and dark complexity, but also with a profound compas-sion. These are stories hell-bent on hope. Fresh, smart, lively, and wickedly funny, The Heaven of Animals is startlingly original and compul-sively readable. As bestselling author Kevin Wilson puts it, "Poissant is a writer who knows us with such clarity that we wonder how he found his way so easily into our hearts and souls."