The Moss Gatherers

Stories

by Matt Briggs

Price: $14.00

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Table of Contents

The Moss Gatherers
Inheritance
Red Breast
Reverse Order
Mother's Milk
Mirror Dress
Earwig
Contagion
Randy
Dry Farming
Supersport
Snoqualmie

About the Book

A sense of the bizarre unique to the Northwest runs through the stories in The Moss Gatherers: a French cyclist is murdered by supposed "moss gatherers" in coastal Oregon; a child has fungus growing on his forehead; and an old woman wearing a crown of lit candles plays a Victrola in a cornfield. The stories are infused with a sense of decay and stagnancy lit by surprising flickers of human decency, however small: a young girl plays boogie woogie at her brother's wedding, and her family dances; an old woman tries to comfort a grieving teenager; and a woman preoccupied with safety leaves her front door wide open one night for the sake of a lost bird. Through these stories, we realize that the bizarre is always at the periphery of our otherwise mundane lives, and when we meet it, we are offered the chance to be forever changed.

You can learn more about Matt Briggs at his website and read more at his blog: Suburgian.

THE MOSS GATHERERS by Matt Briggs
short story collection, 2005
perfect bound, paper
200 pages, $14.00
ISBN: 0971896739

Copyright © 2005, Matt Briggs