A very happy publication day to David Frankel and his new short story collection, Forgetting is How We Survive.
The book has been published by Salt in their Modern Stories series and is receiving great reviews. The acclaimed writer and short story supremo, Alison MacLeod, calls it “An unforgettable collection. Frankel is a fearless explorer of the perilous edges of life, where loss, shame and desire haunt and beguile. As readers, we trespass in derelict landscapes, abandoned homes and secret lives. We navigate by glimpse and echo, travelling switchbacks of time and teetering at brinks as big as sinkholes. Here, possibilities glimmer, mystery is sometimes breached, and, just occasionally, beauty flashes like a survival flare.”
Salt describe the collection on their website as follows:
“A plane crashes. A boy drowns. A body is found on a dark lakeside. A woman tries to make sense of a strange memory from her childhood. A father searches for a missing dog – his only link to his lost son. A boy on the brink of adolescence embarks on a journey and gets more than he bargained for. Young lovers get their kicks trespassing in empty houses. A young man prepares to leave his hometown for the last time, and a giant sink hole threatens to swallow everything.
“In Forgetting Is How We Survive, people are haunted by ghosts of the past, tormented by doppelgangers and pining for the futures that have been lost to them. Each faces a turning point – an event that will move their life from one path to another, and every event casts a shadow.
“The stories in this collection come from another England where earthy realism hides another world where anything is possible.”
It’s great to see David’s stories reaching a wider audience and we hope the book enjoys huge success.
David Frankel was shortlisted for the 2021 Bristol Short Story Prize. His shortlisted story, Sink Rate, is available in our Volume 14 anthology, published by Tangent Books: https://www.tangentbooks.co.uk/shop/bristol-short-story-prize-volume-14