Jonathan Blum's THE USUAL UNCERTAINTIES w/ Zach Savich & MeeRee Orlandini

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The Usual Uncertainties—Jonathan Blum’s highly anticipated first collection—is storytelling at its finest. In precise, elegant prose, these stories follow characters and communities often consigned to the edge of the frame: a community college dropout, a geriatric care manager, a square dance bar mitzvah, a Scrabble club, an entrepreneurial Thai immigrant, and a South Florida country club. With echoes of Leonard Michaels, Mavis Gallant, and Lore Segal, Blum explores the ways our divergent histories tether us together and at times push us completely apart. The Usual Uncertainties revels in the persistent human struggle to love with abandon and marks a radiant voice in American short fiction.

"Blum is a wonderful writer: witty and sharp, compassionate and humane, and The Usual Uncertainties is a flat-out glorious collection that manages to be both hilarious and heartbreaking, nervy and timeless. I won’t soon forget these masterful stories."—Molly Antopol, The UnAmericans 

"The characters that inhabit these stories will break your heart and mend it simultaneously. A writer of immense talent and imagination, Blum is unafraid to explore, sometimes hilariously, the most dangerous interiors of personality in ways we’ve never quite seen before."—Holiday Reinhorn, Big Cats: Stories 

JONATHAN BLUM is the author of Last Word (Rescue Press, 2013). He grew up in Miami and graduated from UCLA and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His stories have appeared in Gulf Coast, New York Stories, Other Voices, Playboy, and elsewhere. He has taught at The University of Iowa and Drew University, and is the recipient of a MichenerCopernicus Society of America Award and a grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles. 

ZACH SAVICH is the author of several books, including Events Film Cannot Withstand and Diving Makes the Water Deep, both published by Rescue. His most recent collection of poetry, Daybed, was published last year. He teaches in the BFA Program for Creative Writing at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, and co-edits Rescue Press’s Open Prose Series.

MEEREE ORLANDINI is a poet and fiction writer based in South Philadelphia. She recently graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Creative Writing. Her thesis works included a collection of short stories about childhood and place and a collection of poems, Sleeping with Heroes. She is a first grade assistant teacher at Germantown Friends School.
Event date: 
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
The Usual Uncertainties: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780999418659
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Published: Rescue Press - November 1st, 2019

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Published: Black Ocean - January 9th, 2018

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Published: Rescue Press - April 1st, 2011