Thomas Lynch is a thinker. A philosopher. And a mortician. He also has an amazing sense of humor and perfect comedic timing.
Apparitions & Late Fictions is his first foray into fiction, after having written essays and poetry that were nominated for and awarded some of the highest literary prizes in America.
Short stories to make you think.
"Lynch has added another chapter to one of the most memorable records in American letters."—William Giraldi, New York Times Book Review
These stories are linked by the gone and not forgotten: former spouses, dead parents, missing children. Lynch creates a world in which people searching for connection and old comforts find them both near at hand and oddly out of reach.
About the Author
Thomas Lynch has authored five collections of poetry, one of stories, and four books of essays. His first, The Undertaking, won the Heartland Prize for Non-Fiction and the American Book Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His writing has appeared in the Atlantic, Granta, Harper’s Magazine, and the New York Times, among other publications. He works as a funeral director in Milford, Michigan, and teaches at the Bear River Writer’s Conference.
It may be difficult to discern which has had a greater influence on Lynch, his Irish ethnicity or his Michigan upbringing, but the result is a lyricism coupled with a locale of abundant natural beauty and an attachment to the offbeat characters who are its inhabitants. — Robert Birnbaum
[Lynch] writes with a poetic precision and beauty capable of inspiring sheer joy. — Christopher Walton
Meditative and politely laconic, this is a terrific collection from a writer who thinks and feels and tells stories with an engagingly distilled candor and assurance all his own. — Eileen Battersby
A powerful, meditative collection. The title story is a masterpiece.