I live in the Catskill Mountains of New York. My writing has appeared in a dozen print and online literary journals, as well as hundreds of corporate training and marketing publications. My stories have won the Literal Latte Short Short Award, the Chronogram Short Fiction Contest, a Fiction Fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. I am also the publisher and editor of the Hudson Valley regional literary annual, Prima Materia.
THE PRINCIPLE OF ULTIMATE INDIVISIBILITY, A Web of Stories, is available in trade paperback edition from booksellers everywhere. It is enhanced by more than a dozen cool abstract drawings by Wendy Drolma.
Links are on my blog at http://ultimate-indivisibility.com
Moonbeam Award winning author Ned White says: "Brent Robison's superbly crafted collection of short stories doesn't shy away from its central thesis - that we are all crosswired with each other in ways both obvious and finely nuanced.... Buddhists, Jungians, and even quantum theorists would have a field day with the output of Robison's imagination."
In the October Chronogram Magazine, Anne Pyburn manages to capture the essence of my book in three paragraphs that are so eloquent I'm hard-pressed to choose the best blurb... how about "a feast of food for thought, a richly imagined reality that looks much like our own world if we could really see it."
Online at POD People, Cheryl Anne Gardner gives a really thoughtful, in-depth examination of the themes (and their alternates) that she sees at work in the stories and the book as a whole. I'm immensely grateful for this kind of close reading and generous analysis, made even better by the fact that hers is all volunteer labor. Again, so difficult to choose a few words from so many insightful comments; here's one: "...the collection really begged the question: Hope? Is it really genuine or is it something we invent as a way to justify our acceptance..."
At the website Self-Publishing Review, whose mission is to help bring self-published literature to a more respected position in the minds of readers and the industry, editor Henry Baum closes his review with this: "Overall, it’s a collection of very strong writing - thoughtful, full of vivid imagery, sorrowful at times, but never self-pitying. The Lost Symbol it is not, but it’s subtle and moving in a way that Dan Brown dreams of being." (Sorry, Dan!)
The Fearless Reviews website takes just two paragraphs to give a strong impression of the content and themes in my stories, and sums it up with this: "This is a beautifully written, thoughtful collection well worth reading."
In my local paper, the Woodstock Times (scroll down to Storytellers), I was flattered to be reviewed along with one of my writing heroes, James Lasdun. Reviewer Paul Smart says "...the use of a fractured story structure, where characters, actions and similar reactions come together over time, lend the overall work the tragic air of great epics, with people doing all they can to escape fate's plans for them; and yet also the bittersweet quality we recognize in the best comedies, where folks keep pressing on, no matter what pushes them back."
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The Principle of Ultimate Indivisibility
by Brent Robison
A collection of 13 linked stories in which ordinary people stumble through everyday epiphanies on their way from confusion & loss toward redemption. Both traditional and experimental, these stories explore the bonds of family, the impacts of religion, our struggles with grief, love, and addiction, and the myriad intangible connections through which we are influenced by strangers.
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