Neon recently published a glowing review of Paul Kilgore’s short story collection Losing Camille. Here is one of our favorite sections from reviewer Laura McDonald:
Kilgore evokes in his reader that rare and treasured sense of hushed appreciation felt only now and again, on the tentative suspicion that one is in the hands of a truly great writer. This is one suspicion which is proven, over and over, and with unfaltering certainty throughout, to be wholly deserved.
The entire review is available online here.
We’re so pleased that Losing Camille by Paul Kilgore was included in this roundup from St. Paul Pioneer Press. Here’s the excerpt that includes a brief review of Kilgore’s short story collection:
“Losing Camille” by Paul Kilgore (Black Lawrence Press, $16): Short stories are perfect summer reading when you don’t want to commit to a 300-page novel. Too many story collections, though, are filled with grim, pointless tales. Kilgore, who lives in Duluth, doesn’t fall into that category. His 10 stories are gentle slices of young adult life, with several characters in some form of love.
One narrator recalls how his family joined, then left, a religious community in which the leader physically abused children. In the sweet title story, a girl watches her older sister fall in love with, and be rejected by, a popular boy the summer before she leaves for college. A newly married couple attend their senior prom in a story you think is going to end badly but instead offers a note of hope for these young people. And a man suffers through his fiancee’s family’s Christmas celebration in the most touching story.
Kilgore, a graduate of the University of Minnesota law school, has been a Pioneer Press columnist, and his work has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” public radio show.
There is a new review of Losing Camille by Paul Kilgore in the New York Journal of Books. “Each voice,” the reviewer writes of the short story collection “is distinctive and recognizably a part of the fabric of modern U.S. society.” Among other moments of high praise within the review is this, one of our favorite quotes:
These are intimate stories handled with enormous sensitivity and empathy. We do not necessarily like the characters, but we always learn a little more about ourselves by interacting with them.
You can read the entire review here.
Losing Camille is available from Black Lawrence Press and Amazon.