Nashville-based Army veteran Odie Lindsey has had stories published in Best American Short Stories
, the Iowa Review
, and the anthology Forty Stories
, among others. This week, his short story collection, We Come to Our Senses
(W. W. Norton & Company), will be released and Lindsey will be at The Booksellers of Laurelwood on Thursday, July 28th, to read from and discuss the book.
We Come to Our Senses
centers on men and women directly and tangentially affected by combat, and the ways in which war touches their lives back home.
“Evie M.” is the story of a veteran-turned-office clerk whose petty neuroses derail even her suicide. In “11/19/98,” a couple obsesses over sitcoms as a distraction from darker complications. In the story “Colleen,” a young woman redeploys to a small town in Mississippi where she must confront the superior who abused her while at war, and “Hers” addresses the sexual politics of a combat zone.
“I read Odie Lindsey’s We Come to Our Senses in a way that books rarely compel me to…Not only compulsively readable, the thoughts these war stories stirred were rich and complex and heartening in their universal humanity. This is a remarkable collection by a splendid new writer.” — Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
“Lindsey writes with quiet confidence and sometimes arch humor that invites comparison to Ben Fountain and Phil Klay, but that wouldn't displease Flannery O'Connor. Superb atmospherics coupled with arresting story lines.” — Kirkus starred review
Thursday, July 28
The Booksellers at Laurelwood
387 Perkins Road Extended