The Avid Reader will be welcoming author Sadie Hoagland and her debut collection of stories, American Grief in Four Stages, in conversation with UC Davis professor Naomi Williams in-store on Saturday, November 23rd.
More about American Grief in Four Stages:
Hoagland’s American Grief in Four Stages is a volume of fifteen stories in which the author imagines characters struggling with loss and overcome by the persistent sense of the fragility of life. In their revelations, Hoagland’s characters express their fears and dark secrets.
As examples, one character reverts to childhood, another wishes she had seen warning signs, a third would like to have been able to protect his daughter from harm, and a fourth contemplates the idea of actually being happy and normal in the face of family loss.
Kirkus Reviews describes Hoagland’s book as “assured, haunting, and deeply empathetic."
More about Sadie Hoagland:
Sadie Hoagland is an assistant professor of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the former editor of Quarterly West. She earned her Master's Degree in Creative Writing/Fiction here at UCD.
Her work has appeared in many literary publications including Alice Blue Review, The Black Herald, Mikrokosmos Journal, South Dakota Review, Sakura Review, Grist, Oyez Review, Passages North, Five Points, and The Fabulist.
More about Naomi Williams:
Naomi Williams is the author of the novel Landfalls. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals and garnered a Pushcart Prize. She has an MA in creative writing from UC Davis and teaches for Ashland University's low-res MFA program. A long-time Davis resident, she now makes her home in Sacramento.