Samuel Snoek-Brown

Samuel Snoek-Brown is the author of the fiction chapbook Box Cutters (sunnyoutside 2013), the novella In the Pulse There Lies Conviction (Blue Skirt Press 2017), and the historical novel Hagridden (Columbus Press 2014), for which he received a 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowship. He also has been shortlisted in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition, twice for short fiction and once for his novella, and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The first story in Where There Is Ruin, “Lightning My Pilot,” was a finalist in the 2013 storySouth Million Writers Award.

Snoek-Brown was born in Oklahoma but raised mostly in Texas; he’s also lived in Oregon and Wisconsin, and he’s traveled to Mexico, Turkey, Canada, Scotland, Austria, The Netherlands, and Thailand. He recently spent two years living in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. He currently lives in the Tacoma, Washington, with his wife, Jennifer, and their two cats, Ibsen and Brontë.

Where There Is Ruin

A beautiful body, found decomposing in the woods; a high school honor's symposium shocked by a suicide; a nest of frozen pigeon eggs, "little orbs the color of bone gone pink": the stories in Sam Snoek-Brown's Where There is Ruin explore these sites of tragedy and others. Rumi wrote, "Where there is ruin, there is hope of treasure"; with unflinching prose and astute characterization, Snoek-Brown explores the ruined lives of these stories to find beauty and meaning on every page.

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