ABOUT THE BOOK
The thirteen stories in Chris Tarry’s richly imagined debut, How To Carry Bigfoot Home (Red Hen Press, 2015), lay bare the insurmountable forces that determine who we are and who we become. From an out-of-work dragon-slaying father in “Here Be Dragons” to a family arguing aboard a rocket ship in “Topics in Advanced Rocketry,” the stories use fantastic settings, blazing wit, and imaginative circumstances to explore very human truths. The stories work to reconcile the public self with the private heart. To contemplate the monsters we carry home and lay bare for the ones we love the most.
Chris Tarry’s stories come at what we might call The Problem of Men as Boys from all possible angles, from a hapless medieval stay-at-home Dad who’s running a con game out of his one-room hovel to a Bigfoot who’s a sad failure as a creative writing teacher. These stories hilariously and poignantly evoke the way, when it comes to relationships, all men are living under a leaky thatched roof with winter on the way, always believing they’re on the edge of a turnaround, even though failure keeps returning like an old friend back in town. – Jim Shepard, Story Prize winning author of You Think That’s Bad, Project X, and over ten other titles
Otherworldly tales that speak to deeper human truths. – Time Out, New York
Short stories are on the rise again, they never should have been thrown to the wayside in the first place, and this collection shows us the beauty of the story, what happens when you hit the perfect note and make a whole room fall silent. – Nick Sweeney, Atticus Review
Painfully funny stories… pitch perfect… Wonderfully conceived and delivered bits of rigorous whimsy. – The Library Journal
Reading the thirteen stories in Chris Tarry’s meticulously absurd debut collection, you may start envisioning one of those evolution posters, featuring the progression of simians that culminates in humanity. – Justin Hickey, Open Letters Monthly
Everything you want a story to be: fun, sad, original, and inspired. – Kim Winternheimer, The Masters Review
Tarry’s witty first story collection portrays characters struggling with various insecurities and skewed perceptions amid the creeping shadows of their impending fates. – Booklist
UPCOMING BOOK & MUSIC EVENTS
My five-string Fodera hangs in my studio collecting dust, a once-great warrior pulled from battle, whiling away the years like an old man on a porch, lemonade in hand, watching the world roll by. I feel guilty. Like I’m having an affair with an older woman. A woman with …
I‘ve got a Goodreads giveaway going on until the end of January. Head on over and sign up to win a signed Advance Reader’s copy of my upcoming short story collection, How To Carry Bigfoot Home.
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COMING MARCH 17TH, 2015!
Chris’ debut short story collection, How To Carry Bigfoot …
It was a wonderful Valentine’s day here in the Tarry household. Our son Lucas was born. Mom, Daddy CT, and big sis Chloe couldn’t be more proud!
Okay, I know it’s been forever since I’ve updated the ol’ writing page, but I’ve been hard at work on getting the final manuscript edits of debut short story collection, “How To Carry Bigfoot Home” off to my publisher, Red Hen. Happy to report that’s …