With a distinctive and original voice, Mark Richard's stories capture characters on the fringe of society, and illuminate the goodness at the heart of their Southern, down-and-out lies. Full of startling images and harrowing epiphanies, The Ice at the Bottom of the World is a collection by a true master of his craft. In these ten stories, Mark Richard, winner of the 1990 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award, emerges as the heir apparent to Mark Twain, Flannery O'Conr, and William Faulkner.
Mark Richardis the author of two award-winning short story collections, The Ice at the Bottom of the WorldandCharity, and the novelFishboy. His short stories and journalism have appeared in theNew York Times, The New Yorker, Harper s, Esquire, Vogue, andGQ. He is the recipient of the PEN/Hemingway Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Whiting Foundation Writer s Award. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their three sons.