We Were Flying to Chicago: Stories by Kevin Clouther
“Clouther’s first collection of stories shows an 'old' talent—meaning, his sophistication in treatment and technique and his wise observations of the human condition have the feel of an author who has the experience of several story collections behind him.” —Booklist (starred review)
"Sharply observed." —Toronto Star
"Clouther finds the magic, mystery and story-telling potential in an otherwise ordinary, everyday world.” —The Iowa-City Press Citizen
"Wry, funny, big-hearted stories ... utterly satisfying and unexpected, like scratching an itch you didn't know you had.” —Rebecca Johns
In this striking debut collection, characters find unexpected moments of profound insight while navigating the monotony of daily life. Here we find a man who drives to the wrong mountain, a hubcap cleaner who moonlights as a karaoke star, and a deliveryman whose urgent letters have no willing recipient. While lulled by the deceptively simple rhythm of the ordinary, Kevin Clouther offers the instant before momentous change--the view over the cliff, the intake of breath before a decision, a glimpse of stark vulnerability, of faith and hope.
Kevin Clouther was born in Boston and grew up on Cape Cod and in South Florida. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia and Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he completed his thesis under Marilynne Robinson and won the Richard Yates Fiction Award for best short story. He has worked at The Iowa Review, Meridian and The Virginia Literary Review, where he served as Fiction Editor. He teaches creative writing at Stony Brook University, where he coordinates the Program in Writing Reading Series, and John Hopkins. He has previously taught at Bridgewater College in Virginia, the University of Michigan Dearborn, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives in Floral Park, New York with his wife and two children.