The Parable of You: Stories by Tony Wolk

THE PARABLE OF YOU
Stories

TONY WOLK

FICTION
TRADE PAPERBACK
96 PAGES, 5.3" × 8"
ISBN 9780982770436
Available: NOVEMBER 2013
$12.00 / $17.00 CAN

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TONY WOLK
NEWS & EVENTS


WOLK discusses THE PARABLE OF YOU, how Ursula K. Le Guin brought him back to writing fiction, and his career as a college writing teacher with host Patrick McGinty and Propeller Books editor Dan DeWeese on a recent Late Night Library podcast.

 

The Parable of You

stories

Tony Wolk



"It's a rare book that can, on reaching the last page, make me turn back to the first page and begin reading again. The Parable of You is that book." —Molly Gloss, author of Wild Life


A shipwrecked sailor discovers the island he has landed on is not as deserted as he thought. A lone survivor describes an extraterrestrial invasion surprising in its circumstance. A woman wakes up to find a stranger in her bed, twins compete for a woman’s affection, and a vessel trapped in the Antarctic ice becomes a site of dread and desperation. In the tradition of literary fantasists like Jorge Luis Borges and Italo Calvino, Tony Wolk delivers a feast of stories that challenge our assumptions about history, reality, and what stories reveal about their tellers. A collection decades in the making, The Parable of You is the work of a writer able to move from the cosmic to the personal in the space of a few deft sentences, with surprising and moving results.


PRAISE AND REVIEWS

“The feeling I had in reading Wolk is similar to how I felt when I read Cortázar’s Hopscotch for the first time, and his Historias de cronopios y famas: as if I had encountered something very interesting and probably great.” —Dennis James Sweeney, HTMLGIANT

“Built on a foundation of intricate cyclical dimensions, The Parable of You is a world unto itself. Wolk’s stories offer delicate, beautiful universes of vast and tiny wonderment, full of human revelation.” —Evan P. Schneider, author of A Simple Machine Like the Lever







Tony WolkABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tony Wolk is the author of the novels Abraham Lincoln: A Novel Life, Good Friday, and Lincoln’s Daughter. He has taught writing and literature at Portland State University since 1965, and lives in Portland, Oregon.