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Out of Time
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A sweet slipstream stew, a call and response to Hemingway’s In Our Time, Geoff Schmidt’s debut collection Out of Time is a meditation on meaning and mortality, and the ways that story and the imagined life can sustain us. In these stories, vengeful infants destroy and rebuild the world, rivalrous siblings and their mother encounter witches and ghosts and the possessed, Barack Obama and Keith Richards smoke their last cigarettes, men and women with cancer variously don gorilla suits or experience all time simultaneously. Time is running out for all of the people in these stories, yet the power of language, the human ability to tell, to imagine and invent, is a redemptive force. “The stories in Out of Time chase after the secrets and sorrows of families, revealing the lengths people will go, and the harm they will do, to keep their worlds together. These characters are not crazy, they are in love and afraid. Geoff Schmidt writes a lucid, new mythology in prose that's limned with fear and awe. To read these stories is to feel the force and urgency of a new and vital literary voice.”—Ben Marcus, author of Age of Wire and String, and judge

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title
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  1. Previous Winners
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright page
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Man in Gorilla Suit by Moonlight
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Chapter One
  2. p. 9
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  1. Tangle Apple Flesh
  2. pp. 10-32
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  1. Chapter Two
  2. p. 33
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  1. Wherever You Are, You're Already Gone
  2. pp. 34-40
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  1. Chapter Three
  2. p. 41
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  1. The Last Cigarette
  2. pp. 42-50
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  1. Chapter Four
  2. p. 51
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  1. Jenny, with Bulldog
  2. pp. 52-68
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  1. Chapter Five
  2. p. 69
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  1. The Real Mother's Song
  2. pp. 70-76
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  1. Chapter Six
  2. p. 77
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  1. The Corrupter of Words
  2. pp. 78-87
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  1. Chapter Seven
  2. p. 88
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  1. The Age of Being
  2. pp. 89-109
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  1. Praise Pages
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