Author Jan Bowman discusses her short story collection, Flight Path & Other Stories, which studies and reveals the power of kindness. In difficult moments of human contact, explored from childhood through old age, this collection provides a window into the kindness all people seek in moments of sorrow.
The dynamic mix of characters in Bowman’s stories know much about sorrow. Sorrow is found in the burden of a wife looking after her war-damaged husband and the son who confronts her more than 35 years after she abandons them. Sorrow is found in the struggle to hide from violence of the world, even though violence finds them. But Bowman’s characters know kindness, as well. Kindness is in the unspoken understanding between a young man and his elderly aunt in the aftermath of a violent murder. Kindness is in small gestures between friends, and even strangers, after a sudden death. And kindness exists in unexpected connections found on the other end of the phone or through a shared meal.
Bowman’s stories have won awards and been finalists in a number of publication contests, including the Danahy Fiction Prize, Gival Press Awards, Glimmer Train, Roanoke Review, Broad River Review RASH Awards, Phoebe and “So-To-Speak” Fiction Contests, among others. Winner of the 2011 Roanoke Review Fiction Award, Bowman’s stories have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, Best American Short Stories, and a Pen/O’Henry award.
Bowman’s fiction has appeared in numerous publications including Roanoke Review, Big Muddy, The Broadkill Review, Third Wednesday, Minimus, Buffalo Spree (97), Folio, The Potomac Review, Musings, Potato Eyes and others. Jan’s collection Flight Path & Other Stories (Evening Street Press) was published in 2015. Her next story collection, Life Boat Drills for Women is under construction. She is working on a novel based on the last story from her published collection. Learn more at www.janbowmanwriter.com.
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