Critics have compared Robert Phillips's storytelling ability in his first two collections, Land of Lost Content and Public Landing Revisited, to deMaupassant and Sherwood Anderson. All the stories are set in a mythical small town called Public Landing. Publishers Weekly said: "Phillips's vision of small town America in the '50s and '60s is simultaneously jaundiced and nostalgic . . . both funny and agonizing in its complex mingling of hope and humiliation" and found "flashes of brilliance throughout."
For the past decade Robert Phillips has continued to write stories about Public Landing. But he also has been writing a series of related stories concerning an urban protagonist with the surname of Fallick. NewsAbout People You Know shuttles between the rural DelMarVa Peninsula and New York City and its northern suburban commuter communities, alternating the bucolic with hectic. In Fallick, Phillips shows us an entirely new side to his fictional imagination.
About the Author
Delaware native ROBERT PHILLIPS is the author/editor of some thirty books of poetry, fiction, criticism, and letters. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Pushcart Prize and an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. Phillips writes poetry reviews for the Houston Chronicle and is the poetry editor of the Texas Review. Former director of the Creative Writing Program from 1991-1996, he currently teaches both poetry and fiction at the University of Houston, where he was named the John and Rebecca Moore Scholar in 1998.
"Readers of Robert Phillips' poetry will delight to find his always lively perceptions in these stories. They are told with verve and wit, also shadowed by an awareness of life's mysterious ways. Here light and dark live together, and we find life in out present time revealed." —Elizabeth Spencer