Each day leading up to the April 13 announcement of the Minnesota Book Awards, we highlight one of the thirty-two finalists. Today we feature 2013 Novel & Short Story finalist:
With stories rooted in the wrenching events that bind one person to another—from a Scandinavian retiree arrested for hiring a prostitute, to a Korean adoptee seeing her adoptive father through his last days—Nick Healy plumbs the compromises and tragedies that underlie Minnesota Nice. Winner of a Many Voices Project award from New Rivers Press, It Takes You Over is Nick Healy’s first short story collection.
Excerpt from It Takes You Over:
Lori remembered where she was when the men crashed the planes into the buildings. Of course she did. Everyone did. And the where-were-you talks were the most boring thing in the world. What she thought about now, these strange years later, was not where she had been but what it had meant, what had crystallized when she stared out the window of her office that morning. From a space four stories from the top of the second-tallest building in downtown St. Paul, the second-largest city in a state half a country removed from those men and their airplanes, she saw a cloudless blue sky stretching over the black water of the river, the glaring white concrete of failed industry on the west-side flats, the just-turning trees on the distant bluff. What a lovely morning it was.
Readers were introduced to Nick Healy’s fiction when “And Other Delights” was chosen for the 2005 Speakeasy Prize from the Loft Literary Center/Speakeasy magazine. Since then, Healy’s stories have found an audience in the Midwest and across the country. A native of St. Paul, Healy now lives in Mankato, Minnesota, with his wife and their two children.
Listen to this interview from the Good Thunder Reading Series featuring Nick Healy, Nicole Helget, and Nate LeBoutillier.
“This collection convinces with its authenticity and authority. And along the way it may break your heart.” — Joan Connor, author of Here on Old Route 7 and History Lessons
“It Takes You Over builds like a deceptively quiet, mesmerizing snowfall.” — Nicole Helget, The Turtle Catcher
“ … his fine stories seduce us. There is nothing simple in what Healy has accomplished here. Like the best writers, he only makes storytelling look easy.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune review by Anthony Bukoski
“Healy writes with enormous sympathy for his characters, mindful that one’s 20s are full of natural missteps – and sometimes the following decades, too. These are real people, sometimes kind and virtuous and often clumsy and unfocused and accidentally funny.” — MinnPost story by Amy Goetzman
Award winners will be announced at the 25th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Hilton Minneapolis. An author meet-and-greet and book signing reception precedes the awards ceremony, and the Epilogue after-party, sponsored by Tech Logic, includes complimentary champagne, desserts, and live music. Tickets on sale now. Click here for more information.
Have you read It Takes You Over? What are your thoughts? We welcome your comments!