Fiction. The ten linked stories in ASHES RAIN DOWN explore what life might be like after several decades of environmental and social apocalypse. This story cycle is set in two isolated California communities where ordinary people struggle to survive and maintain some semblance of order and meaning in lives stressed by in a future that seems like a return to the past. Shared crisis of global warming, extreme weather events, epidemics, and collapse of the world economy and social order creates a tissue of interconnection as characters hang on by a thread as the world becomes undone. Despite the sense of impending doom, there is also dark humor spiced with grotesque realism embedded in the overarching theme: that people do carry on.
About the Author
William Luvaas has published two novels, The Seductions of Natalie Bach (Little, Brown, 1986) and Going Under (Putnam, 1994), and a story collection, A Working Man's Apocrypha (University of Oklahoma Press, 2007). His essays, articles and short stories have appeared in many publications, including The American Fiction Anthology, Antioch Review, Carpe Articulum, Confrontation, Epiphany, Glimmer Train, Grain Magazine, North American Review, Short Story, Stand Magazine, The Sun, Thema, The Village Voice and The Washington Post Book World. He has received an NEA Fellowship in Fiction; his stories have won Glimmer Train's Fiction Open Contest, The Ledge Magazine's Fiction Awards Competition and Fiction Network's National Fiction Competition. He has taught creative writing at San Diego State University, The University of California, Riverside and The Writer's Voice in New York. He is online fiction editor for Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts.