Vanessa Blakeslee
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Author of Train Shots: stories
Winner of the 2014 IPPY Gold Medal for Short Fiction
​Longlisted for the 2014 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award

"Evidently, Vanessa Blakeslee was somebody’s big secret until now. I just don’t know how they kept her from us or why they would. No one writes this good the first time out, do they? Train Shots is more than a promising first collection by a formidably talented writer; it is a haunting story collection of the first order. I was flat knocked out. Blakeslee's range and confidence are astonishing. I can’t forget these beguiling and unsparing stories and I don’t want to. They are exhilarating to read; some are breathtaking and achingly beautiful, others will keep you up at night. When I finished Train Shots, I walked around for days seeing the world through its lens. Do yourself a favor, buy this book, get in on the secret before everyone else knows what you soon will: here is the future of contemporary fiction." -John Dufresne, author of No Regrets, Coyote