• Paperback: 288 pages
• Publisher: Lavender Ink (April 28, 2014)
Island Fog is a thematic, novel-length collection of stories, all set on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. Nantucket as we know it began as an English settlement relatively early in the colonial period of the United States. In the heyday of its nineteenth century success as a whaling center, the island, for being as small as it is, was quite the cosmopolitan center.
A provoking literary collection of eleven short stories ranging from 1795 to the present all taking place on the intriguing island of Nantucket. Tethering the stories is an apparent psychological edge allowing the reader to enter the mind of the protagonists with an understanding of various epiphanies individual characters discover about themselves. Each story leaving the reader disquieted and bristled.
The first five stories are historical based addressing Quaker dominance, Native American rifts with whites, whaling industry, and racism. The following six possess an intimate feel with topics such as depression, paranormal as well as reflection on life. Vanderslice again allows the reader entrance into the mind of the characters with privy to thoughts and feelings causing great affection.
Vanderslice demonstrates his adept writing with seamless ability to alternate varying eras and character voices. A well crafted collection filled with plenty of history, mystique and intrigue Nantucket holds. All eleven stories stirring the reader along with much to contemplate. Highly recommend.
John Vanderslice teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Arkansas, where he also serves as associate editor of Toad Suck Review magazine. His fiction, poetry, essays, and one-act plays have appeared in Seattle Review, Laurel Review, Sou’wester, Crazyhorse, Southern Humanities Review, 1966, Exquisite Corpse, and dozens of other journals. He has also published short stories in several fiction anthologies, including Appalachian Voice, Redacted Story, Chick for a Day, The Best of the First Line: Editors Picks 2002-2006, and Tartts: Incisive Fiction from Emerging Writers. His new book of short stories, Island Fog, published by Lavender Ink, is a linked collection, with every story set on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.
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