Smith Henderson is the recipient of the 2011 PEN Emerging Writer Award in fiction, and was the Phillip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University the same year. His short story, Number Stations won a Pushcart Prize and a finalist honors for the University of Texas Keene Prize, where he was a Michener Center for Writing Fellow. He currently works at the Wieden Kennedy advertising agency, where he contributed to the Emmy-nominated Halftime In America Super Bowl Commercial. An accomplished screenwriter, he co-wrote Dance With The One, a 2010 South By Southwest Narrative Prize Finalist. His fiction has been anthologized and published in American Short Fiction, One Story, New Orleans Review, Makeout Creek, and Witness. Born and raised in Montana, he now lives in Portland, Oregon.
Smith Henderson recommends
Champion of the World (2016)
"A debut with the masterful breadth and insight of a veteran talent's work...Champion of the World is a showcase bout full of reversals, grit, and spirit."
The Blinds (2017)
"The Blinds is brilliantly original. Fast-paced, ranging, and inventive, Adam Sternbergh’s restless imagination once again conjures characters and scenarios with heartbreaking insight, peril, and startling stakes. Readers take heed; this is a hell of a ride."
Wonder Valley (2017)
"Wonder Valley seethes with the vivid, searching idea of southern California. But as the intersecting journeys of hippie acolytes, restless hoods, lost boys and all manner of runaways converge, Pochoda enacts an aching dream of home that will possess and haunt you."
The Pallbearer (2018)
"A feat of sustained tension and deep humanity. With trenchant insight into the way young men are primed to make disastrous choices, Farmer's moving debut gripped me from the first page and did not let go or disappoint. Get acquainted with Farmer's work now--you're going to be hearing about him for a long time."
"Watershed will leave you charged and enlightened, Mark Barr is a powerhouse."
The Resolutions (2020)
"A harrowing tale of three far-flung siblings in crisis, The Resolutions is ultimately a sustained celebration of family in a chaotic world. With assured prose and compassion, Brady Hammes has crafted a debut as wise as it is engaging."
Florida Man (2020)
"There are few words that will do Florida Man justice, but to try: Ribald. Audacious. Terrifying. Florida Man is Cooper's singular, hallucinatory expression of deep American weirdness, a thing enjoyed and then survived, like a tangerine sunset overtaken by a purple hurricane. Hang in, people."
All God's Children (2020)
"All God’s Children is a riveting work of historical vision. Once again, Gwyn has crafted a tale that is as tragic as it is gorgeous."
Olympus, Texas (2021)
"An uncanny twin-myth of modern Texas and ancient Greece that feels familiar and strange, loving and painful--like family itself. Olympus, Texas is an achievement of sustained brilliance, and an audacious opening to Swann's fated journey into the canon of greats."
The Killing Hills (2021)
"Dark, but deeply humane. The love in this book is deep and powerful. And winsome twinkles shine through the blackness throughout, thanks in no small part to Offutt’s keen ear and eye."
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