Andrew Porter's stories offer a stunningly astute vision of contemporary American suburbia, full of tension, heartbreak and emotional complexity - the work of an important new voice. These ten stories take us across the country - from rural Pennsylvania to suburban Connecticut - and deep into characters struggling to find meaning in their day-to-day lives. A childless couple, craving the affection of an exchange student, fail to set set the boundaries that would keep him safe. And in the title story, a college student looking for her soul mate confronts an impossible choice.
A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Andrew Porter has received a Pushcart Prize, a James Michener/Copernicus Fellowship, and was nominated for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. His work has appeared in One Story, The Threepenny Review, and on NPR's Selected Shorts. He teaches at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.