Nights from This Galaxy (Paperback)
"The prose is exquisite, but these stories are anything but pretty. Rather, they are the stuff of great literature: unflinching and beautiful."
--Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of Rabbits For Food
In these stories, a cast of headstrong characters traverses continents, from the Hawaiian coastal waters, to a Guyanese jungle, to the Kalahari Desert. In "Leviathan," Cal and Harold catch sight of a tiger shark offshore and kayak out to get a closer look, only to barely survive. In "Three Parts of Hunger," a damaged, starving lion wanders close to a couple camping in the Kalahari and sticks around. There are many wild animals in these stories--wolves, emaciated dogs, a bushmaster snake, a lynx, and many headstrong, daring travelers. Whether brimming with danger or, at times, comfort in the natural world, these stories hum with a deep grief for our planet. Weitzel is a brilliant and electrifying new writer.
About the Author
Wil Weitzel received a PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from New York University Writers Workshop in Paris. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Conjunctions, Crazyhorse, EPOCH, Kenyon Review, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and Prairie Schooner, among others. He received a New York City Emerging Writers Fellowship at the Center for Fiction and won the Washington Square Review Flash Fiction Award. His fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and been a finalist for the American Short Fiction Halifax Ranch Prize. His creative nonfiction was recognized as notable in The Best American Essays, and he is currently at work on a novel focused on the natural world and connecting with other species.