Throughout thirteen stories, Body of Work chronicles the physical and emotional toll of characters consumed by the all-too-human need for a connection. Their world is achingly common — beauty and regret, obsession and self-doubt, the seductive charm of loneliness. Often fragmented, whimsical, always on the verge of melancholy, the collection is a sepia-toned portrait of nostalgia — each story like an artifact of our impermanence, an embrace of all that we have lost, of all that we might lose and love again someday.
About the Author
Andrei Guruianu lives in New York City where he teaches in the Expository Writing Program at New York University. He is the author of a memoir and four collections of poetry. In the past he has served as editor and publisher of the literary journal The Broome Review and guest editor of the internationally distributed magazine Yellow Medicine Review. In 2009 and 2010 he served as Broome County, NY’s first poet laureate. You can see more of his work on his website.
Andrei Guruianu is a connoisseur of abandoned places, faded dreams, but also of surviving hope. The stories in Body of Work are at once street smart, graceful, and touching, capturing life’s surfaces in vivid detail, while simultaneously exploring emotional depths in language at once lyrical and wise. This collection introduces a rising star.
–Bruce Henricksen, author of Crooked Miles, Woven World
Guruianu mesmerizes with the slow burn of his evocative prose in these compelling stories. He probes the mysteries of ‘small things set in motion’ with stunning precision and a remarkable degree of tenderness. Body of Work is a brilliant collection that explores humanity in all its facets of darkness and light. Superb!
–Meg Tuite, author of Bound By Blue