In this superb debut collection of short stories, Mathieu Cailler weaves tales which bring to life the deeply-human experience with loss and its range of outcomes. From loneliness to recovered relationships, from despair to redemption, from heartbreak to humor, these fifteen stories illuminate the sadness, bewilderment, conflict and ultimate hope which can come from each human being’s inevitable encounters with loss. Author Laurie Alberts writes: “LOSS ANGELES doesn’t focus on the bright lights of Tinseltown, but rather on the quiet day-to-day pain of marginalized people paralyzed by loss, poor choices, obsessions, and love. These subtle, beautifully wrought, and richly realized stories showcase Cailler as an intrepid fiction writer who is always compassionate to his characters and their moral quandaries.”
“These fifteen stories feature a diverse cast of characters who suffer, as the title suggests, a variety of losses, but more expansively, they also find love and joy in the small, everyday miracles of human interaction. In the space of a few pages, Mathieu Cailler gives each of his characters depth and dimension, as well as a distinct and believable voice, which together elicit the reader’s compassion and empathy for their emotions and circumstances.” by Cheryl Wright-Watkins
“Each story exists individually within its own universe, yet there’s an overall impression that any of them could walk down the street and run into someone else. It’s all Los Angeles, after all, and it’s somehow more compelling to think that these things are happening all at once.” by BrethlessM
About the Author
Mathieu Cailler is a writer of poetry and prose. His work has been widely published in national and international literary journals, including Ardor, Epiphany, and The Saturday Evening Post. A graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts, he has been a finalist for the Glimmer Train New Writers Award, the New Rivers Press American Fiction Prize, and the Carve Magazine Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. He is the recipient of a Short Story America Prize for Short Fiction and a Shakespeare Award for Poetry. He is the author of CLOTHESLINES (Red Bird Chapbooks) and the short-story collection, LOSS ANGELES (Short Story America Press).