You Might Forget The Sky Was Ever Blue

Duck Lake Books presents
You Might Forget the Sky Was Ever Blue
short stories by
Michael Chin
Michael Chin gives us a collection of short stories from the grey edges of everyday life, shining light on the power of the human soul to endure, to heal, to thrive. 
book release date
September 15, 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-943900-16-9 paperback

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The stories in You Might Forget The Sky Was Ever Blue are like Saturn rockets: the countdown, the flame and smoke, the powerful takeoff, and the resolution as the camera pulls back and welds context to velocity. These exceptional fictions make the ironic inevitable; Chin’s characters ask the reader, “what else could I do?” as they live with the fallout of each moving and provocative story. Chin’s prose is crisp and clear; the people he draws so carefully are labyrinths of contradiction and need. This is a debut work of outstanding craft and insight.
 Easiest if I Had a Gun

Michael Chin's stories are bold, timely portraits of modern society, complex friendships and sexual identity--of feeling lost and then found--and they sneak up on you. You wonder if each tale will have the guts to go all the way to the edge and then, miraculously, it does. Read this book and experience a fearless new talent.
We Can Save Us All

The stories in You Might Forget The Sky Was Ever Blue are sensitive and fearless, topical and timeless. Michael Chin writes unflinchingly about both intimacy and violence, and is equally deft at rendering life in small towns and inner cities, at grappling with issues of sexuality and class, at describing the malevolence of otters or capturing the complexities of pro wrestling. No matter the topic, there is a gentle optimism to Chin’s perspective—these are stories that search for and usually find wisdom and hope. You might forget you are reading a debut collection.
The Verdun Affair

When Captain Flint was Still a Good Man

You Might Forget the Sky was Ever Blue  includes stories about a third grade teacher in Baltimore trying to make sense of the 2016 election campaign to students, a teenage sexual assault survivor making his way through a changed world, and a boy is raised to believe he’s Hulk Hogan’s little brother. This book includes experiments in form with a social conscience, including work originally published in Hobart,  Iron Horse Literary Review,  Bayou Magazine,  Front Porch,  Waccamaw,  Prime Number Magazine,  Drunk Monkeys,  Random Sample Reviewand Extract[s]

Michael Chin was born and raised in Utica, New York, and currently lives in Georgia with his wife and son. He is an alum of the MFA program in creative writing at Oregon State University and the MA program in writing at Johns Hopkins University.

His chapbook, Autopsy and Everything After, won The Florida Review's Jeanne Leiby Chapbook Contest (2017-2018). He has published two other chapbooks, The Leo Burke Finish (Gimmick Press, 2017) and Distance Traveled (Bent Window Books, 2018).
Chin won Bayou Magazine's Jim Knudsen Editor’s Prize for Fiction (2014) and Prime Number Magazine's Flash Fiction Contest (2017). His piece, “Training,” was selected for inclusion in Best Microfiction 2019.

He has published or has work forthcoming in over 200 different publications, including The Normal School, Passages North, Barrelhouse, Hobart, Hot Metal Bridge, Iron Horse Literary Review, Front Porch Journal, Bellevue Literary Review, Prairie Schooner online, Waccamaw, and Word Riot. He has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize (2016, 2017, 2018), Best New Poets (2016), and Best of the Net honors (2011, 2016, 2017) and had work on the Longlist for Wigleaf's Top 50 Very Short Fictions (2017).

Chin was a co-founder and managing editor for 45th Parallel, an international literary journal based out of Oregon State, and he currently serves as a contributing editor for Moss, an online literary journal of the Pacific Northwest.

His other forthcoming books are Circus Folk (Hoot ‘n’ Waddle, November 2019), and The Long Way Home (Cowboy Jamboree Press, 2020).

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