Doug Lawson

Doug Lawson is the winner of a Transatlantic Review Award, a Henry Hoyns Fellowship in Fiction, and a 1997 O. Henry Awards Honorable Mention. Doug lives and writes in Charlottesville, Virginia. He edits the Blue Moon Review, and his work has appeared in numerous literary periodicals including Glimmer Train Stories, the Mississippi Review, and the Sycamore Review.

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Bigfoots in Paradise

Doug Lawson

Publication Date: November 15, 2018

$15.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 978-1-59709-692-8


Beauty and terror collide in Doug Lawson’s Bigfoots in Paradise, a wild new collection of stories set largely in and around Santa Cruz, California and the surrounding mountains. It’s a land tucked between Silicon Valley and the Pacific Ocean, one that’s populated by aging hippies and venture capitalist sharks, pot farmers and surfers, child prodigies and roaming herds of wild boar. Earthquakes rumble, meth labs explode, helicopters search overhead for drug farms while wildfires ravage the hillsides. Blimps crash, mushrooms dream, dogfights erupt, trustafarians pontificate while pneumatic ostriches walk the streets and sons and fathers and lovers try desperately to find some way to connect with the past, with themselves, before it’s too late.

Doug’s prize-winning prose is as nimble and touching as it is lyric, and he plunges headlong into this astonishing country at a fine-tuned, white-knuckled pace that will leave you both gasping for breath and holding your heart in your hands. His characters are awkward, ungainly, and great at hiding and they shamble through the beautiful wilderness of their lives, searching for meaning, searching for themselves.

A Patrimony of Fishes

Doug Lawson

Publication Date: August 1, 1997

$10.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 1-888996-04-8



“Flannery O’Connor has written that ‘Fiction operates through the senses. . . The first and most obvious characteristic of fiction is that it deals with reality through what can be seen, heard, smelt, tasted, and touched.’ Doug Lawson’s story collection is a banquet for the senses, though the winds of change are often chilly enough to make us shiver, and what is served up is there not only to sustain us, but to surprise us. His characters are contemporary, but their struggles are timeless. A Patrimony of Fishes contains some beautiful descriptions of the physical world, paired with some disconcerting observations about the ways of the heart. It’s a wonderful collection.”—Ann Beattie

“UFOs, car chases, and elephants. . . they all turn up in Doug Lawson’s exhilarating debut collection of stories. A Patrimony of Fishes is an irresistible book by a young writer with talent, vision, and a wise man’s knowledge of the human heart.”—Ed Falco