Howling at the Moon by Steven Mayfield is Selected as a Finalist for the Best Books of 2010 Awards

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Mount Parnassus Press announces that Howling at the Moon, a collection of short fiction by Steven Mayfield, has been selected as one of seven nationwide Finalists for the Best Books of 2010 (short story category), sponsored by USA Book News.

Mount Parnassus Press announces that Howling at the Moon, a collection of short fiction by Steven Mayfield, has been selected as a Finalist in the short story category of the Best Books of 2010 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News.

“A superbly wrought set of tales as beguiling as a midnight serenade,” raves Kirkus Discoveries.

From the U.S. Review of Books: “The common themes of the tales of Howling at the Moon seem to be human vulnerability and, ironically, the power that vulnerability can unleash . . . Mayfield shines especially in the stories about marriage.”

“Mayfield brings a magnificent range of both emotion and intellect to these stories.” —Barbara Herrick; author of The Blackberry Tea Club and White Silk, Dark Chocolate, and a Little Bit of Magic.

“Great book, great stories! Don’t loan this book to your friends because you will never get it back!—Simon Barrett, Blogger News Network

About the book: With four new versions of previously published stories and five new offerings, Steven Mayfield’s book begins with “Food Chain” when an innocent motorist is hilariously ensnared in an inescapable web masquerading as a Manhattan traffic jam. “Reliquary” examines a life perhaps not worth living and the man who selfishly sustains it while in the title story a surviving son stubbornly clings to adolescent rebellion even as his mother lies in her casket. “The Next One” introduces Rose Summerville, a new schoolteacher in the American South of the 1960s caught up in a social current as relentless as the mighty Mississippi River.while MOMCON delivers a raucously amusing rant on modern cell phone culture. The book closes with “Which Way’s Ireland?” where the nature of true courage is seen through the eyes of a boy when he spots a mysterious and magnificent airplane from a New England seashore in the autumn of 1927. Other titles in the collection are “Hallway Sex,” “Mothers,” and “All in a Row.”

The book is 146 pages, 6 x9 cream paper and available in both softcover (SRP $12.95) and hardcover (SRP $25.95) formats. U.S. wholesale distribution is through Ingram and Baker & Taylor with online availability through Mount Parnassus Press (signed copies available only through MPP), Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Outskirts Press.

ISBN Softcover 978-9753314-0-8
Hardcover 978-9753314-1-5

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About the author: Steven Mayfield, a past recipient of the Mari Sandoz Prize for Fiction began his literary career in 1971. After a short stint as a professional writer, he attended medical school and more than 20 years elapsed before his fiction once again appeared in print. Along the way he authored or co-authored dozens of scientific publications, honing his skills as a writer and editor until the stories in this book began to surface. He holds bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Nebraska, received post-doctoral training at the University of Iowa and Brown University, and was on the faculty of the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine before settling in Boise, Idaho, where he was a neonatologist until turning full-time to writing in 2004. He currently lives in San Francisco with frequent return visits to Boise.

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