“Homesickness attacks the lungs first…” It is a loneliness. Daniel Coshnear takes difficult matters of the heart and weaves a beautiful nonlinear storyline through the life of Reggie, a young husband and father, whose mother is dying. To put one’s finger on home and what causes homesickness, the sadness that causes us to long for someplace that will make everything better. Come to find out home is love. And “love is a two-stroke engine” of perfect compression and combustion with a great deal of exhaust and fumes in the mix. A delight to read.” —Raleigh Rand, author of Brightleaf: A Novel
“With his rare perception of the human landscape, Dan Coshnear takes us upon one man’s odyssey through a labyrinth of loneliness, loving and loss.”HB Reid, author of The Adventures of Charles T. Woolley
“When I read Dan Coshnear I find myself saying, to myself and sometimes out loud, “brilliant!” “So lovely!” “How did he do it?” Homesick Redux is dense with riches, with moments of delight and agony (some of which make us wince, or even flinch). Dan’s voice speaks to you the way your best friend does, or should: honestly, to the point of pain; self-effacingly, with dark humor to leaven the pathos; with empathy for the gravity of our lives and how it pins us down – it is even-handed and true” —David Porter, author of Protracted Adolescence
Novella Award goes to Homesick Redux by Daniel Coshnear
June 26, 2015
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“Even-handed and true.” —David Porter, author of Protracted Adolescence
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Daniel Coshnear’s Homesick Redux was selected by Fiction Fix guest editor Raleigh Rand, author of Brightleaf: A Novel, to win its second novella award. The novella is a masterfully non-linear tale that follows the life of Reggie, whose saccharine-sweet memories of the past fall apart as reality sets in: his past love is married, his mother is dying from A.L.S., and his daughter Lucy needs him to step up and take care of her needs.
“With his rare perception of the human landscape, Dan Coshnear takes us upon one man’s odyssey through a labyrinth of loneliness, loving and loss,” says HB Reid, author of The Adventures of Charles T. Woolley.
The story is set across three time periods—1986, when the novel begins; the present, 2000; and the distant past of Reggie’s childhood, 1973. In each of these time periods the reader senses the great losses in Reggie’s life, which center around a longing for home. While life’s locations and significant relationships change for Reggie, the dislocation from home remains constant. But as author Raleigh Rand says of this remarkable novella, by the end, we “come to find out home is love. And ‘love is a two-stroke engine’ of perfect compression and combustion with a great deal of exhaust and fumes in the mix.”
Homesick Redux is the second novella in Fiction Fix’s novella award series, following author Jane Downs’ The Sleeping Wall. The novella will be available to read for free online at fictionfix.net during its first two months of publication. A perfect bound paperback copy is also available to purchase online.
Title: Homesick Redux
Publication Date: 6/26/15
Word Count: 13,088 words
Available Formats: Paperback
About the Author
Northern California writer Dan Coshnear is the author of two collections of stories, Jobs & Other Preoccupations (Helicon Nine 2001) and Occupy & Other Love Stories (Kelly’s Cove Press 2012). Born in Baltimore in 1961, he has traveled in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Haiti, and all over the US. After living on Cape Cod and in New York and San Francisco, he finally settled with his wife, Susan, in Sonoma County, California. His stories have been published in Fourteen Hills, juked, The Missouri Review, Third Coast, and Zyzzyva. He is the father of two children, Circe, a student at City College of San Francisco, and Daedalus, who is now 11.
Dan works the night shift at a group home for homeless men and women with mental illness and runs a reading-writing group at another group home. He also teaches writing classes through UC Berkeley Extension and privately in Sonoma County. Dan has also taught at San Francisco State, at the University of San Francisco and at Sonoma State. Dan’s work has received a number of awards, including the Willa Cather Award from Helicon Nine, a Bay Area Book Reviewers’ Award in 2003, a Christopher Isherwood Foundation Fellowship, and a Missouri Review Editor’s Prize.
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April Gray Wilder