Jan 15

Scott Carpenter Reading and Signing

From site: Carleton Bookstore Events

Join Professor Scott Carpenter as he reads & discusses his new collection of short stories "This Jealous Earth". A brief signing follows.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
4:30 – 5:30 pm / Gould Library Athenaeum

A Pushcart Prize nominee and a semi-finalist for the MVP competition at New Rivers Press, Scott Dominic Carpenter has published fiction in a broad array of journals, some if it included in the anthology, Best Indie Lit New England. This Jealous Earth (2013) is his first collection of short stories. His debut novel, Theory of Remainders, will appear in May 2013. He teaches French literature at Carleton College (MN), and his website is located at

What it's about: A man puts his beloved pets to the knife; a family prepares for the Rapture; a woman in a department store slips a necklace into her purse. Whatever the situation, the characters in This Jealous Earth find themselves faced with moments of decision that will forever alter the course of their lives. Always moving and often touched with humor, Carpenter’s stories examine the tension between the everyday and the transcendent—our struggle to grasp what lies beyond our reach. Whether hawking body parts in a Midwestern city, orbiting through the galleries of a Paris museum or plotting sibling tortures in an Arizona desert, his characters lead us through a series of dilemmas of universal appeal.

What they're saying:

  • "Stories like time bombs.” — Gregory Blake Smith, Law of Miracles
  • “Tautly constructed, psychologically acute, and elegantly written stories… By turns sad, funny, tender, and alarming, This Jealous Earth examines the nuanced turns and shifts of human events and feelings that imbue the ordinary with the extraordinary.” — Siri Hustvedt, What I Loved and The Summer Without Men
  • “Modern, witty, provocative. This Jealous Earth is an auspicious debut.” — Alethea Black, I Knew You’d Be Lovely
  • “[An] agreeable debut... engaging... charmingly nostalgic.” — Publishers Weekly

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