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The Smallest People Alive
Keith Banner



Carnegie Mellon Short Fiction Series

Carnegie Mellon
2004 • 264 pp. 5 x 8"
Short Stories - Single Author

$16.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-426-1



A collection of short stories by Keith Banner.

In The Smallest People Alive, Keith Banner writes about people and situations many times ignored by other fiction writers. These are stories focused on lives outside the mainstream, and yet they are invested with precision, tenderness and artistry. The title story, awarded an O. Henry Prize, chronicles the lives of two boyhood friends, one who is recovering from a suicide attempt, the other trying to figure out how he can help. In their stumbling allegiance to each other, they find a sort of solace, and as the story reaches its conclusion, the reader is given an intimate view of what it means to wake up from a nightmare and realize you have to go on living, even though life may not be worth it all of the time.

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Reviews / Endorsements



"The Smallest People Alive is a perfect jewel of sweetness, ugliness, misery, and light. And it’s funny too."—Mary Gaitskill, author of Bad Behavior

"What a writer Keith Banner is. He’s swimming so fearlessly into such dark waters. This is heady stuff, the real thing."—Michael Cunningham

"In a time when so much new fiction is showy, or paltry, Banner reads like the real thing."—Daniel Handler, The Village Voice



KEITH BANNER lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio. His first novel, The Life I Lead, was published in 1999. His short stories have been published in The Kenyon Review, Washington Square, and Witness, as well as anthologized in O. Henry Prize Stories, Full Frontal Fiction: the Best of Nerve.com, and Best American Gay Fiction. He is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council fellowship.



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