Hallelujah Station & Other Stories by M. Randal O'Wain
Autumn House Press
Fiction: Short Stories
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"What I admire about the stories in this collection is the way O’Wain writes about love—all kinds of love, between all kinds of people. He knows so much about the wear and tear the heart endures. These tales are riveting, and some of them are dark and sad, but in the end, there’s always a light to follow. O’Wain is an honest writer. He tells the truth."
—Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish
"In Hallelujah Station, M. Randal O’Wain triumphantly brings salvation to the wrong side of the tracks. These stories of outsiders and addicts are thick with difficulty and everyday struggles, but with O’Wain, they transcend. Written with acute awareness and generosity, Hallelujah Station delivers a needed message for our times: every rotten, ruined, worthless thing still shines with light."
—Ashleigh Bryant Phillips, author of Sleepovers
"Hallelujah Station introduces us to a world populated by indelible misfits, rendered through M. Randal O’Wain’s piercing talent. Every story in this collection is frenetic, big-hearted, and ferocious."
— Juliet Escoria, author of Juliet the Maniac
M. Randal O’Wain’s debut short story collection, Hallelujah Station and Other Stories, introduces readers to a wide and diverse cast of characters struggling with and responding to changes and loss. These gritty and poignant stories follow the tragic parts of life, the pieces that may neither start nor end in comfortable resolution and the pieces that make up complex realities. In the first story, a former drug dealer reflects on a life-changing decision he made years ago that ended up hurting the person he most wanted to protect. Later in the collection, we meet a would-be robber who turns out, in strange ways, to be the hero. O’Wain’s characters are often deeply flawed or totally lost, but in each instance, these traits serve to reveal the characters as real, compassionate, and, ultimately, human. Sprinkled with humor and heartache, O’Wain’s stories bring us into contact with the curious, the tragic, and the authentic.
M. Randal O’Wain is the author of Meander Belt: Family, Loss, and Coming of Age in the Working Class South. He is assistant teaching professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and serves as a National Endowment of the Arts Writing fellow at the Alderson Federal Correctional Institution. His work has been published in Oxford American, The Masters Review, Crazyhorse, Zone 3, and Guernica Magazine.