Josh Russell - Suburban Folktales

Josh Russell - Suburban Folktales

Sunday, May 19, 2019 2:00 PM

A Cappella Books
208 Haralson Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

In Josh Russell’s "Suburban Folktales," the humdrum ennui of housewives and suburbanites is enfolded an old logic, a folk logic. Princesses home birth babies in their sleep, passers-by home birth diminutive duplicates on the sidewalk, and pregnant queens keep company with neoliberal birds. Kings text their daughters. Everyone already has cancer. Everybody has a complaint. But who reigns over the suburbs? Who will repair the storm damage? Who will purchase dough enough to make a man? Formed from the lineage of Italo Calvino’s "Italian Folktales," Russell’s stories suggest that even quotidian cares are subject to the strange and wondrous.

About the Author

Josh Russell was born Thanksgiving Day, 1968. His novels are "Yellow Jack," "My Bright Midnight," and "A True History," and his shorter prose has recently appeared in Epoch, One Story, Subtropics, and Cincinnati Review. He lives in Decatur, Georgia with his wife and daughter, and is the Director of the Georgia State University Creative Writing Program.