Peripheral Visions and Other Stories by Nancy Christie
What do you do when the hand that life deals you isn’t the one you wanted? In Peripheral Visions and Other Stories, the characters choose to play the best game they can with the cards they’ve received. For some, it’s making the most of the circumstances in which they find themselves, even if it’s not the life they planned. For others, it’s following an unconventional path—not the easiest course or the one that others would take, but the one that’s right for them. But they never lose hope that life will get better if they can just hold on.
Peripheral Visions and Other Stories won second place in the Florida Writers Association 2018 Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) competition, with three of the stories having also earned contest placements.
Formats: Paperback and Ebook
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
Awards and Honors
- The collection won second place in the Florida Writers Association 2018 Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) competition.
- “I Remember” was shortlisted for Tulip Tree’s 2017 Stories That Need to Be Told Contest.
- “Peripheral Visions” was a quarter-finalist in the 2016 ScreenCraft Short Story Contest.
- “Pandora’s Box” was a quarter-finalist in the 2017 ScreenCraft Short Story Contest, finalist in the Florida Writers Association 2018 Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) competition
“The stories in Nancy Christie’s Peripheral Visions … are fictions that focus on dramatic moments and emotions rather than earth-shattering conflicts, and as such, they are always appealing, and more than a little heartbreaking.” Clifford Garstang, author of In an Uncharted Country and What the Zhang Boys Know (winner of the 2013 Library of Virginia Award for Fiction), and editor of Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet
“A memorable cast of characters engaged in a beguiling group of situations…I recommend Peripheral Visions and Other Stories highly.” Hal Blythe, Co-Director, Teaching & Learning Center, Eastern Kentucky University
“Wonderful delights of the strange and the sadly familiar. … a fun read from this promising writer.” Michael M. Pacheco, author of Of Angels, Demons and Chopped Chorizo
“Wonderful short stories with believable characters finding meaning in the stuff of real life—broken relationships, difficult situations, human longings. I highly recommend this book.” John Feister, Editor in Chief, St. Anthony Messenger
“Nancy Christie’s stories are the dichotomy of youth and age, of experience and memory, of harmony and friction, of life and death. They are old relations. To read Peripheral Visions and Other Stories is to carefully sort through a found box of dusty photographs, to answer old questions and discover new ones. This book brings you closer to your own family.” Lee L. Krecklow, author of The Expanse Between
“Nancy Christie masterfully spins tales of ordinary people confronted with the extraordinary circumstances of modern life, and she does so with a warmth that belies the sometimes cold reality of lives at a crossroads and people on the brink.” Dean Johnson, author of Californium and Delicate Men: Stories
“Nancy Christie’s stories open up worlds that exist just off to the side of the ordinary one we all inhabit, reinvigorating the reader’s senses by revealing what we often don’t see in the peripheries of our vision.” Christopher Barzak, author of Wonders of the Invisible World
“Reading Nancy Christie’s collection is like spending time in a town inhabited by familiar-feeling residents who first pique your curiosity then draw you into their lives… we get to know characters who seem as though they could be our neighbors, coworkers, relatives and friends, facing challenges that elicit our empathy and reveal facets of our shared humanity.” Soramimi Hanarejima, author of Visits to the Confabulatorium
“Some of the best of modern short story fiction… She engages the reader from the start and whether with gentle humour or deep sadness, imbues her stories with emotion. This collection provides a thoroughly satisfying read.” Rosemary J. Kind, Managing Director, Alfie Dog Fiction