Craig's To Do List Interview - N. West Moss - AuthorPosted: Updated:
I sat down with N. West Moss, author of a new, scintillating collection of short stories called The Subway Stops at Bryant Park. Moss won two major awards for one of the stories entitled “Omeer’s Mangoes;” The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest and The Faulkner Wisdom Award. This, as far as I can tell is an unprecedented accomplishment. The book has received shimmering praise and terrific reviews and is actually published by Leapfrog Press, located in upstate New York in Fredonia.
Moss’s ability at deft, authentic characterization is astonishing and her protagonists, of these short stories, range in age from 19 to 70 something. Equally impressive is her ability to plop the reader down in the emotional life of each of her characters. The power of being in the moment is impressive and deepens the experience of the reader and reinforces the humanity that ties all of us together. We are all connected and West Moss weaves universality throughout her tales of people who live and around Bryant Park. The park is an illuminated microcosm in the vast city and in the vaster universe. Although the scope of humanity is large, its power comes from the precision by which she peers into hopes, regrets and fears.
This slim, yet profound volume is a great boost into the rejuvenation of the short story genre.
West Moss is at The Reading Room at the Salmon Run Mall, Thursday, July 20 at 7p, reading from The Subway Stops at Bryant Park and signing books.