Next to Nothing: Stories

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O. Henry Prize-winning author Keith Banner’s new collection of short fiction recounts the troubled lives of ne’er-do-wells and outsiders. The banality of life, whether it be trapped in front of the television or popping pills for E.D., is exposed and mocked with aplomb. Few writers capture the quintessence of awkward domesticity and growing up queer like Banner. More

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About Keith Banner

Keith Banner lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has published two works of fiction, The Life I Lead, a novel, and The Smallest People Alive, a book of stories, as well as numerous short stories and essays in magazines and journals, including American Folk Art Messenger, Other Voices, Washing-ton Square, Kenyon Review, and Third Coast. He received an O. Henry Prize for his short story “The Smallest People Alive,” and an Ohio Arts Council individual artist fellowship for fiction. The Smallest People Alive was named one of the best books of 2004 by Publishers Weekly. He is also the co-founder of Vision­aries + Voices, a studio for artists with disabili-ties, and Thunder-Sky, Inc., an outsider art gallery.

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OutInPrint reviewed on Sep. 14, 2017

Banner’s mini-cameo portraits of midwestern America are so true and unflinchingly accurate, you can nearly smell the Miracle Whip. His characters are detailed and interesting—smalltown, yes, but complex in a way the mainstream media has yet to characterize them in light of the T---p administration. Politics aside, these are people you may have grown up with, and it’s very nice to visit them again.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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