MARK BRAZAITIS is the author of The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala, winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award, and Steal My Heart, a novel published in 2000. He is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and his stories, poems, and essays have appeared in The Sun, Witness, Beloit Fiction Journal, Confrontation, Notre Dame Review, and Shenandoah. He is an assistant professor of English at West Virginia University.
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“Cultural transparency are buzzwords on the geo-political playing field. An American Affair portrays the personal thorniness of that endeavor. Wonderfully anchored in place, the stories are provocative and emotionally honest. A good read.”—Patricia Henley, author of Hummingbird House
“The stories in An American Affair navigate the mysterious and shifting borders of human intimacy. In the rich and complex gap between what the characters know and what they imagine, there is love—physical, familial, sensual. Brazaitis portrays the diverse worlds of our Americas without falling into the easy polarities of north and south. His characters are self-doubting, but they allow themselves the possibility and fulfillment of desire. In clean, evocative prose, Brazaitis gives us characters who imagine themselves in different lives and guises, who carry us with them as they move between worlds imagined and known.”—Elizabeth Oness, author of Departures