Dispensations: Stories

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New Rivers Press, 2014 - Fiction - 158 pages
Fiction. Indiefab Book of the Year 2014 finalist, DISPENSATIONS pitches teens and adults with drug and alcohol problems against aging and ill- prepared parents. Thomas's characters test the boundaries of family responsibility. Blind to each other's needs and feelings, they are haunted by visions of what their lives might have been and might still be.

Without the slightest hint of sentimentality [Thomas evokes] a great, unspoken compassion for all who are broken, lost, or forgotten.--James Wilcox

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About the author (2014)

Randolph Thomas grew up in western Virginia and attended Radford University and the University of Arkansas, where he received an MFA in Creative Writing. He is the author of THE DEEPEST ROOMS (Silverfish Review Press, 2015), winner of the Gerald Cable Award, DISPENSATIONS (New Rivers Press, 2014), and Dispensations , a short story collection and winner of the Many Voices Project Award.His fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train Stories , The Hudson Review , The Southwest Review , and The Florida Review and has won the Glimmer Train Stories Family Matters Award, the John Gardner Memorial Award, The Blue Mesa Review Award, and the Florida Review Editors Prize. Also a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, he has performed solo and in rock and roll and folk bands in Virginia, Arkansas, and Louisiana. He teaches at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

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