Andrew Siegrist is a graduate of the Creative Workshop at the University of New Orleans. His work has appeared in The Baltimore Review, Arts & Letters, The Greensboro Review, Pembroke Magazine, Fiction Southeast, Bat City Review, and elsewhere. He lives on the Cumberland River outside of Nashville, Tennessee.
2:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 1
A Sense of Place: Short Stories
with Jennifer S. Davis, Ladee Hubbard, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Andrew Siegrist, and moderator Tom Piazza
3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
We Imagined It was Rain: Stories
Hailed by ZZ Packer as "a master of tone, detail, and imagery," Andrew Siegris's debut collection, We Imagined It Was Rain, is a love song to Tennessee. These loosely connected stories are imbued with tenderness, seriousness, and a deep understanding of the human spirit. A young man moves to the mountains and builds an heirloom chest in the wake of his son’s death; a town official must make the decision to execute a circus elephant; two siblings help their father commit suicide; a preacher picks up the pieces of his ruined church, and his marriage, after a devastating flood; locals share stories of the girl with eyelashes so long she can braid them. Siegrist demonstrates careful attention to the smallest moments, to the rain on a windowpane, to individual mementos passed down through generations, in this far-reaching and thoughtful collection.
We Imagined It Was Rain is the winner of our 2020 C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize.
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