Publication Date: 15-Nov-12 | ISBN: 9781844719075 | Trim Size: 203 x 127 mm | Extent: 184pp | Format: Paperback
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The Wildflowers of Baltimore is a collection of stories about young men on high-stakes searches for love, truth and understanding.
In many cases, the searching young men discover that the answers they come to are both more challenging and less comforting than what they thought they were going to find. In “Stillborn Giraffe,” an unreflective college student finds himself suddenly faced with the essential truth of life and death in the form of a giraffe struggling to give birth. In “Hush,” a girl goes missing, and a new father is cajoled by an old friend with a checkered past into joining the search party. What the search party finds is not what they expect.
As these characters search the world, they must also search themselves. The stories in The Wildflowers of Baltimore are about characters seeking answers to life’s biggest questions, whether they know it or not: What does it mean to be a man? A father? What does it mean to love? to be alive? How should one live?
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Dogs of Baltimore; Stillborn Giraffe; Dark Molly; A Girl Called Random; I Won the Bronze Medal; John’s Story; Henry; The Customer; The Poetry Unit; Hush; The Wildflowers of Baltimore; The Day; Hairline Fracture; Acknowledgements
PRAISE FOR THIS BOOK
“The Wildflowers of Baltimore is tenderly elegiac and beautifully haunting. Once you enter the exquisitely vivid world of Rob Roensch's stories you can't help but see your own world with greater clarity.” —
“An extraordinary collection from a brilliant young writer. In The Wildflowers of Baltimore, Roensch manages to give us biting, tough realism, while leaving just enough space for the imagination to play, for his people to recover, and for real hope to take root. Reading this book is like strolling through a shared garden plot tended by Jayne Anne Phillips, Stringer Bell, and Manet.” —
Rob Roensch grew up in a small town in Massachusetts, the sort of place with a few white steepled churches in the center of town, hilly woods, and lots of narrow, winding roads. He now lives , with his wife and two daughters, in the middle of Baltimore, a city that’s both sprawling and human-scaled, decaying and weirdly blooming at the same time. He says, “It’s common enough for a small-town kid to move to a new city, but I think it’s important to who I am as a writer. The feeling of exploring an unfamiliar ordinary mysterious world.” He has always known he wanted to be a writer and a teacher. He now teaches at Towson University just outside Baltimore.