The thirteen short stories in this recent collection vary in tone and time period, as well as in the age and gender of their protagonists. But what they have in common is that they are all about love. Too much. Too little. Love's permutations, complications, substitutions and -- above all -- the way it sometimes lays waste the psyche. Several of these stories can be read at:
Additional stories from this collection can be read in recent issues of And Then, The Same, and Confrontation. See About Jim for more on these and Jim's other publications.
A young Russian history professor back in the seventies. Sexual intrigue. Campus politics. All leading to.... But why give away the rest of the story? Read it for yourself!
Here's what fellow writers are saying about this exciting novel, now looking for a publisher:
"Swift, profound, and engaging, Wounded by History gives us a vivid portrait of
American academia and its "casualties" in the
1970s. Jim Story's novel is laced with humor
and a heartfelt passion that resonate all the more
deeply for their sharp satirical edge. This fine
debut novel satisfies on all levels."
— Ben Fountain, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, as well as the Pen/Hemingway Award and Whiting Prize.
"A vise and a twisting road.... Is it possible to experience those two sensations simultaneously?
It is if you read Story's book which both grips and takes you to unexpected places."
— Karen Swenson, National Poetry Series author of Our Lady Of Bangkok
"Like all great reads, Jim Storyís debut novel Wounded by History is, in fact, many works at once: a
hard-eyed look at an academic Tower whose Ivory consists of needle-sharp tusks; the ribald,
Rothian confessional of a protagonist whose loneliness and libido wage a tag-team battle with
experience and common sense; a compendium of vividly-drawn, engaging characters whose
words and actions often surprise, in piquant yet plausible ways; an unblinking account of the long,
dark night of one manís soul; and, finally, a searching meditation on the meanings of history,
love, inspiration, purpose and survival. Moving and amusing, thought-provoking and boldly
sincere, this concerted, concise History seems poised to make some of its own."
— Paul McComas, author of the novels Planet of the Dates and Unplugged
"James Storyís splendid novella, Wounded by History, startles the reader with its surprises and
ingenious disclosures almost as often as it startles the fictionís brave, if somewhat naÔve hero,
Edgar Holmes, passionate teacher of Russian history. In this remarkable work of comic irony
and its world of 1974 American academic politics, Holmes identifies with an early Russian
revolutionary Kartashev, who, though "wounded by history," still tried "to shine a little light" on the
"deepest recesses of the human soul." Holmes, too, is wounded by the history of his own life,
and must, like a hero, execute a rescue, but not of the two distressed women in his life he cannot
help (and who cannot help him). Storyís 21st Century hero finally realizes he must rescue
himself from himself or succumb to his wounds and become a victim."
— Philip Miller, prize-winning poet and editor/publisher of The Same
Illustrations from paintings by E. Minton.