Pictures of the Shark by Thomas H. McNeely


PICTURES OF THE SHARK

by
THOMAS H. McNEELY
 
Short Stories / Southern Fiction / Coming of Age
Publisher: Texas Review Press
Date of Publication: June 28, 2022
Number of Pages: 205 pages
 
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A sudden snowfall in Houston reveals family secrets. A trip to Universal Studios to snap a picture of the shark from Jaws becomes a battle of wills between father and son. A midnight séance and the ghost of Janis Joplin conjure the mysteries of sex. A young boy’s pilgrimage to see Elvis Presley becomes a moment of transformation. A young woman discovers the responsibilities of talent and freedom.
 
Pictures of the Shark, by Houston native and Dobie Paisano award-winning author Thomas H. McNeely traces a young man’s coming of age and falling apart. From the rough and tumble of Houston’s early seventies East End to the post-punk Texas bohemia of late eighties Austin, this novel in stories examines what happens when childhood trauma haunts adult lives. 
 
PRAISE FOR PICTURES OF THE SHARK:
 
 “McNeely’s brilliant stories are filled with delicious menace and heartbreaking hope.”

– Pamela Painter, author of What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers and Fabrications: New and Selected Stories

 

In these gorgeously crafted interlinked stories, Thomas McNeely demonstrates once again an uncanny ability to illuminate the darkest emotional corners of his characters with a vision that is as tender and compassionate as it is unflinching.”

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, author of Barefoot Dogs

 

“With masterful prose, McNeely draws you down into emotional depths where your ambivalence and confusion show you at your most profoundly human. These stories hook you quickly and deeply and keep you even after they end.

– C.W. Smith, author of Steplings, Buffalo Nickel, and Understanding Women

Thomas H. McNeely is an Eastside Houston native. He has published short stories and nonfiction in The Atlantic, Texas Monthly, Ploughshares, and many other magazines and anthologies, including Best American Mystery Stories and Algonquin Books’ Best of the South. His stories have been shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize, Best American Short Stories, and O. Henry Award anthologies. He has received National Endowment for the Arts, Wallace Stegner and MacDowell Colony fellowships for his fiction. His first book, Ghost Horse, won the Gival Press Novel Award and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize in Writing. He currently teaches in the Stanford Online Writing Studio and at Emerson College, Boston.
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