Nicholas Montemarano is a master of filtering the world. His characters grapple with broken morality, relentless struggle, mental illness, abuse, and personal loss - not exactly the stuff of daily beauty. But by shining a spotlight on the darkest corners of the human heart with raw nerve and visceral style, Montemarano finds bright flashes of goodwill and redemption that stay with the reader long after the stories are finished.
We celebrate Nick's art with two of his books: If The Sky Falls is a gripping collection of 11 short stories that The New York Times called "as dark and dazzling as a mine shaft studded with diamonds." And The Book of Why, his second novel, is a penetrating exploration of faith, doubt, love and death.
Nick is the recipient of fellowships from The NEA, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, and his stories have been published in Esquire, Zoetrope: All-Story, The Gettysburg Review, The Antioch Review, and The Washington Post Magazine, among others. He lives in Lancaster, PA, where he is Professor of English at Franklin & Marshall College.
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