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Winner of the Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction, 1996

Acid

Edward Falco

“In these splendid, austere stories, we see the sins of the fathers visited again and again upon the bewildered and suffering children, and the children preparing again and again to become sinful fathers. Falco enters into the despairing late 20th century world and brings back tales that make us shudder, but that are shot through, too, with the possibility of love and commitment.” —Ellen Douglas, author of Can’t Quit You, Baby

“I have long been an admirer of Edward Falco’s stories. They convey an intensity of feeling that all too many contemporary stories are missing. A Falco story can be depended on to be interesting—keenly observed and deeply explored—compelling in a way that makes one want to read every word.” —Stuart Dybek, author of The Coast of Chicago

“The stories in Acid are remarkably poised and dramatic about the choices we make to conserve our moral equilibriums in a dangerous world. They are skillfully achieved, apt and moving. . . .” —Richard Elman, author of Tar Beach

Winner of the Richard Sullivan Prize for Short Fiction, the short stories in Acid make new again some of the oldest and most intractable human struggles. Edward Falco unmasks the difficult truths that engage us at the deepest levels of our being, revealing how the world of restraint and order can become a jail, and how the world of passion and indulgence of the senses can become an all-consuming inferno.

ISBN: 978-0-268-00647-1
202 pages
Publication Year: 1996

Edward Falco is the author of two novels, two collections of poetry, and two short story collections. An early innovator in the field of digital writing, Falco’s literary and experimental hypertexts are taught in universities internationally. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including the Emily Clark Balch Prize for Short Fiction, the Mishima Prize for Innovative Fiction, a Dakin Fellowship, and three Individual Artist’s Fellowships from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. His stories and poems have appeared widely in publications such as The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, and TriQuarterly. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he teaches writing and literature at Virginia Tech and edits The New River.

“. . . Falco creates nearly perfect short stories filled with interesting characters and wonderfully dramatic situations. The characterizations are so crisp that it’s impossible not to care about these people. Falco proves himself to be a sterling practitioner of the short story form.” — Publishers Weekly

“. . . Falco writes tense, gritty fiction that portrays ordinary people caught between the claims of ‘normal’ life and the lure of the forbidden and untasted. . . Battling or grieving families, unstable and endangered relationships, assume haunting accusatory shape in thirteen pellucid stories that are stylistically akin to the plays of David Mamet or Sam Shepard. Falco’s voice, though, is his own, and his work keeps getting better and better.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Well crafted and engaging, these stories offer both high drama and deep emotion.” — Booklist

“There is in Mr. Falco’s fiction a little of Raymond Carver’s sensitivity to the menace of the everyday, and a lot of Andre Dubus’s sturdy empathy with his characters’ failings and regrets.” — The New York Times Book Review

“I almost never admire the characters in Acid, but I care about them. Edward Falco’s characterization is complex and believable, so that his parents are easy to sympathize with, however wrong they are, and the children are pitiable as we watch them prepare to self-destruct. . . . Falco is at his best when he is walking a tightrope between satire and empathy, and the ways he maintains his balance are very pleasurable to behold.” — Studies in Short Fiction

“Falco sees how people are dangerous, both to themselves and to others. He is clearly a writer to be reckoned with.” — The Hudson Review

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In the Park of Culture

Edward Falco

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In the Park of Culture

Edward Falco

Acid

Edward Falco

 Acid
Paper Edition

“In these splendid, austere stories, we see the sins of the fathers visited again and again upon the bewildered and suffering children, and the children preparing again and again to become sinful fathers. Falco enters into the despairing late 20th century world and brings back tales that make us shudder, but that are shot through, too, with the possibility of love and commitment.” —Ellen Douglas, author of Can’t Quit You, Baby

“I have long been an admirer of Edward Falco’s stories. They convey an intensity of feeling that all too many contemporary stories are missing. A Falco story can be depended on to be interesting—keenly observed and deeply explored—compelling in a way that makes one want to read every word.” —Stuart Dybek, author of The Coast of Chicago

“The stories in Acid are remarkably poised and dramatic about the choices we make to conserve our moral equilibriums in a dangerous world. They are skillfully achieved, apt and moving. . . .” —Richard Elman, author of Tar Beach

Winner of the Richard Sullivan Prize for Short Fiction, the short stories in Acid make new again some of the oldest and most intractable human struggles. Edward Falco unmasks the difficult truths that engage us at the deepest levels of our being, revealing how the world of restraint and order can become a jail, and how the world of passion and indulgence of the senses can become an all-consuming inferno.

ISBN: 978-0-268-00647-1

202 pages

“. . . Falco creates nearly perfect short stories filled with interesting characters and wonderfully dramatic situations. The characterizations are so crisp that it’s impossible not to care about these people. Falco proves himself to be a sterling practitioner of the short story form.” — Publishers Weekly

“. . . Falco writes tense, gritty fiction that portrays ordinary people caught between the claims of ‘normal’ life and the lure of the forbidden and untasted. . . Battling or grieving families, unstable and endangered relationships, assume haunting accusatory shape in thirteen pellucid stories that are stylistically akin to the plays of David Mamet or Sam Shepard. Falco’s voice, though, is his own, and his work keeps getting better and better.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Well crafted and engaging, these stories offer both high drama and deep emotion.” — Booklist

“There is in Mr. Falco’s fiction a little of Raymond Carver’s sensitivity to the menace of the everyday, and a lot of Andre Dubus’s sturdy empathy with his characters’ failings and regrets.” — The New York Times Book Review

“I almost never admire the characters in Acid, but I care about them. Edward Falco’s characterization is complex and believable, so that his parents are easy to sympathize with, however wrong they are, and the children are pitiable as we watch them prepare to self-destruct. . . . Falco is at his best when he is walking a tightrope between satire and empathy, and the ways he maintains his balance are very pleasurable to behold.” — Studies in Short Fiction

“Falco sees how people are dangerous, both to themselves and to others. He is clearly a writer to be reckoned with.” — The Hudson Review

Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction

Winner of the Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction, 1996