Nothing But Trouble
stories by Bob Thurber
This uncompromising collection of stories comes from the widely acclaimed and award winning master of the short story, Bob Thurber. Here he weaves his tales around such facets of the human condition as Fathers and Fools, Women and Children, Marriage and Divorce, and Art and Artifice. Typically unsettling and revelatory, Thurber knows how to cast a story that depicts the coarse reality of life, and his skills are displayed here with both passion and sentiment. Thurber gives the reader a chance, not to peek, but to plunge head first into the deep, dark mystery of simple existence. Accompanied by photographs by the equally intrepid wordsmith and image maker Vincent Louis Carrella.
FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
Shanti Arts Designs
ISBN: 978-0-9885897-6-6 (print)
138 pages; 43 photographs
Bob Thurber (b. 1955) grew up “dirt poor” in Rhode Island where he graduated public high school “by the skin of his teeth.” At the age of nineteen, he bought an electric typewriter and set out to become a writer. Thurber never took a writing class and has no academic credentials or degrees. Despite his lack of education, he studied and wrote every day for over twenty years and sold his first story at the age of forty-two. He has gone on to publish over two hundred more stories and has received over fifty literary awards and citations. His work has appeared in thirty anthologies. Thurber has been called a raw and unique talent, a maestro of micro-fiction, an emotional terrorist, and The Sam Peckinpah of Flash Fiction. His work is frequently used in schools and colleges as examples of concise prose. Thurber now lives in Massachusetts, where, despite vision loss, he still writes every day. Thurber's debut novel, Paperboy: A Dysfunctional Novel (Casperian Books), was released in 2011 and received much critical acclaim. That was followed by Nickel Fictions: 50 Exceedingly Brief Stories and Cinderella She Was Not: A Novelette in 2013.
Vincent Louis Carrella is a photographer and writer living in northern California. He writes “The Light Box Shaman,” a column for Still Point Arts Quarterly magazine that explores the intersection of synchronicity, the subconscious, memory, and photography as a means of personal divination. His novel Serpent Box (Harper Perennial, 2008) follows the tragic life of a ten-year-old snake-handling boy living in rural Tennessee circa 1946. Carrella's blog (also called Serpent Box) is a photographic journal of self-discovery and odd coincidence. He has two daughters.
Bob Thurber’s short, sharp, quietly ferocious tales are indeed filled with trouble—yet they are also filled with a strange magic. For all that they are unflinching, often shocking in their emotional violence, they seem to whisper, here is more life. And under a line like “time heals nothing,” there is a soul that refuses to quit.
Visiting Thurberland is like entering a dusty basement junk shop in which every object looms out of the dark with frightening immediacy, and the morose faces of the dolls testify to a disquieting past — or stopping by a sinister garage sale where the "everything's a dollar in this box" crate turns out to hold your once-loved but now eviscerated childhood playthings. Bob Thurber's second collection of dark and brilliant fictions in the man's signature minimalistic-fabulist style exposes the guts of literature to daylight, and it ain't pretty. In fact, adorned by Vincent Carrella's haunting photographs, you might even say this whole book is “nothing but trouble.”
What an interesting book! To be a part of this man's life by reading and appreciating the photos made the book unique and arty. Thanks for the memories! 5 out of 5 stars!
Shanti Arts Blog: The Trouble With Thurber (May 4, 2014)
RUCKERPEDIA: Nothing But Trouble (April 30, 2014)
North Attleboro Author Has More Stories to Tell (April 9, 2014)
Book Release Announcement (March 31, 2014)
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