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Gregory Spatz Writes Portraits of Darkness and Light

Half as Happy, by Gregory Spatz

During this program, Chérie Newman talks with Spokane author Gregory Spatz about his collection of stories Half as Happy.

A grieving couple rents a desperate landlord’s house in an effort to recover lost intimacy. Twins are irrevocably separated by events both beyond and within their control. A nighttime prank and its gruesome aftermath forge human connections no one could have anticipated.

The eight stories in Half as Happy reveal with startling clarity their characters’ secrets, losses, and desires. Each with the depth of a novel, these insightful portraits of the darkness and light within us reverberate long after they’ve ended, like beautiful and disturbing dreams.

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Gregory Spatz was born in New York City and holds degrees from Haverford College, University of New Hampshire, and The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. He now lives in Spokane, Washington, where he teaches in the MFA program at the Inland Northwest Center for Writers, Eastern Washington University. Spatz spent his youth in New England, mostly in the Berkshires.

Gregory Spatz

He is the author of novels Inukshuk, Fiddler's Dream, and No One But Us, as well as a short story collection, Wonderful Tricks. His short stories have appeared in literary journals and magazines, and he has published numerous book and music reviews for The Oxford American. He is the winner of a 2012 NEA Literature Fellowship.

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Look for Half as Happy at Fact & Fiction in Missoula, or at your local independent bookseller.

Chérie Newman is an arts and humanities producer and on-air host for Montana Public Radio, and a freelance writer. Her weekly literary program, The Write Question, is broadcast on several public radio stations, and available online at and
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