Gretchen Comba is the author of The Stillness of the Picture. Her fiction has appeared in a number of journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and The North American Review. She is a recipient of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Short Fiction and the Yemassee Award for Exceptional Contribution to the Magazine. She received her MFA in Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and she teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Gretchen Comba’s stories are breathtakingly complex and yet as natural as breath itself, depicting characters whom inexorable pressures purify into their truest selves. This book is an often melancholy but never self-pitying masterwork that proves how fragile life and happiness are–and how necessary it is to keep pursuing an elusive good that, once found, illuminates everything within reach. — Susann Cokal