Mysteries of the Body and the Mind

Expanding the themes in The Presence of Things Past, his debut collection of stories, John Taylor reveals himself to be a master of the intimate in Mysteries of the Body and the Mind. Set in Iowa, Idaho, and France (where the author has lived since 1977), these twenty-four stories “act as a sort of reverse coming of age,” as Brian McCombie put it in his review of the first edition in The Bloomsbury Review, “with the memory evoked only now beginning to truly resonate in the main character’s life.” Lost love, unrequited love, or found love often function as compelling narrative impetuses. In subtle, allusive prose enriched by his long dialogue with European literature, this sensitive writer meditates on the passing of time and the quest for selfhood. Funny, sad stories with a final ironic twist are blended with short, dreamlike ruminations. Composed in a variety of styles, Taylor’s engaging prose goes straight to the reader’s heart.

Tradepaper: $20 / ISBN: 9781586541040
Casebound: $30 / ISBN: 9781586541057

Story Line Press legacy tittle, John Taylor Mysteries of the Body and the Mind Stories, white script text against emerald green background.

John Taylor ( Author Website )

Publication Date: October 13, 2020

Genre/Imprint: Short Stories, Story Line Press

$20 Tradepaper

Shop: Red Hen, Bookshop, Barnes & Noble

ISBN: 978-1-58654-104-0