and Other Stories
by John Bennion
Paperback / 164 pages / 0-941214-94-X / $14.95
A domesticated sow attacks its offspring, a lover mutates into a religious madman, a moral code melts into ambiguity, passions becomes chaos. “I like the shock of discovering the foreign hidden inside the familiar,” explains John Bennion of his collection of prize-winning short stories. In Bennion’s hands, the everyday and routine seem safely controlled but can suddenly turn disastrous. Bennion skillfully dissects the naked aggression so often masked by human compassion and brings fresh perspectives to everyday problems.
John Bennion, author of Breeding Leah and Other Stories, holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Houston and is currently assistant professor of English at Brigham Young University. His fiction has appeared in Ascent, Utah Holiday, and Sunstone. “Dust” was named Best Short Story of 1988 by the Utah Arts Council and was subsequently anthologized in the Best of the West for 1989. He is also a contributor to Bright Angels & Familiars: Contemporary Mormon Stories and lives in Springville, Utah, with his wife and four children.