“Naked Me is a tremendous, beautifully-made book about the functions and dysfunctions of families. Winn writes glittering stories about trapped, beaten, and restless young people, reluctant adults living under financial pressure and nursing wounds and wearing out their welcomes. The unforgettable stories “Rough Cut” and “Where He’s Living Now” alone are worth the price of admission.”
Anthony Doerr, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize
Naked Me, Christian Winn Release Date: Summer 2014
In his debut collection, Christian Winn throws his readers unabashedly into a world of characters on the brink. Sometimes overtly, sometimes obliquely, we see what it means to live in a flawed world and, like anything profound, come away from the experience provoked, asking new questions. Naked Me, though despondent in places, is steeped in hope with characters willing to believe they might find peace, or at least a semblance of understanding within the earnest clutter of love, addiction, friendship, and dreams.
Voyeurs at a gambling party spy on the exhibitionist across the alley. A young boy tries to conceal his love for his best friend. Murdered dentists mysteriously begin to appear floating in the shipping canal of a city. Naked Me is that collection that pulls wisdom from the mundane, making us cringe and laugh in the same sentence. From the first line, Naked Me quickly reveals we are in the capable hands of a master.
Christian Winn was born in Eugene, Oregon, and grew up in Palo Alto, California and the Seattle area. He now lives in Boise, Idaho where he writes and teaches in the Creative Writing Department at Boise State University. He is the founder of the Writers Write fiction workshop series, which has been in operation since the summer of 2003. He is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University, and the Boise State University MFA program.
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Christian Winn The Mormon has fought before. Tompkins sees this right off and it scares him, his belly clenching at the ribs as he watches Bean absorb gut-shots and jabs from the Mormon, a man they have never seen. Tompkins leans against the concrete wall abutting the vacant lot and stagnant summer creek, the thin hair on his arms laying sun-bright over tightening skin. The Mormon is putting it to Bean, tearing his uniform shirt, biting at his shoulder, landing three blows to Bean’s one as they tumble across the oil-mottled corner of the parking lot behind Lowry’s Discount Tire out Fairview, in Boise, where Tompkins and Bean work the back yard full-time. This man has fought in crooked alleyways, Tompkins thinks, in vacant lots, in woeful heat or rampant cold. He’s fought where baited air hangs like rot. The Mormon is smooth, direct, a dirty fighter. Feet shuffling like a rough-cut boxer, scratching at the pavement, he spits, purses his thin lips, and takes what he needs from Bean without recognizing doubt or
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Naked Me release date of July 2014