I've just finished Bret Lott's new collection, The Difference Between Women and Men. What I liked most about the stories was Lott's ability to tell a familiar story in a new and fresh way, sometimes by distorting reality, and sometimes by offering surprising details. The reader will find a couple who longs for the days when their children were young (and perhaps normal size); a man who develops a habit of storytelling to cover his affair; and a Southern woman who hides a secret; and many other moving and intriguing characters.
Bret Lott has written many other books and is the editor for The Southern Review.
- Originally from Vermont, I now live in North Carolina. My work can be found in recent issues of REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, and Pank, among others, and forthcoming from Gargoyle #57 and REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters. One of my stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, two of which have been published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh Magazine. For two years I worked as an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. Currently, I serve as a mentor for Dzanc's Creative Writing Sessions. I'm working on two novels and a short story collection. In May, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the 2011 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.