Siamak Vossoughi

We are delighted to welcome back, albeit virtually, Seattle fiction writer Siamak Vossoughi. The fable-like stories in his new book, A Sense of the Whole (Orison Books), reminiscent of the best of Kawabata, Hrabal, Lispector, and Kafka--create profound effects on the reader within very short spaces. “These are moral tales with uncertain answers. One might read them as anecdotal for the Iranian-American experience, but rendered in Vossoughi’s epigrammatic prose they ultimately unfold through the language of the universal. Each lights on a minor encounter—between strangers, neighbors, lovers—and what emerges is the sense that anyone you meet has a story.—The New York Times Book Review.

“Siamak Vossoughi is a flat-out brilliant writer, and his latest collection, A Sense of the Whole, fills me with awe and delight. How can stories so compact be so absorbing, so tender and truthful and funny? I have no answer, only gratitude that a book like this exists, a testament to the wonders all around us, hiding in plain sight.”—Tania James.

Siamak Vossoughi was born in Tehran, Iran and currently lives in Seattle, where he teaches at the University of Washington. His first story collection, Better Than War, received the 2014 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.


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A Sense of the Whole: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949039115
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orison Books - November 3rd, 2020

Better Than War: Stories (Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction #19) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780820353746
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Georgia Press - March 1st, 2018

Monday, December 7, 2020 - 7:00pm
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