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Claudia Putnam's taut, lacerating tale of betrayal and longing in the New England countryside publishing soon with NZP.
Two couples spending an evening together in an old Colonial home, as they have done many times before. A storm building across an ancient, indifferent New England landscape. Two old friends and one woman whose striking paintings adorn the walls, and whose absence haunts the memories of the men and the imaginations of their second wives. Who belongs in such a world? Can anyone else get in? Can anyone disenfranchised get back in? A slow-burn, taut examination of what we most wish were not true of who we’ve been and what we’ve longed for.
Claudia Putnam grew up in New England and lives now in western Colorado—with two manic huskies and an angry cat. Her fiction can be found in Confrontation, Cimarron Review, phoebe, Variant Literature, and elsewhere. A short memoir, Double Negative, won the Split/ Lip Press creative nonfiction chapbook prize. Her debut collection, The Land of Stone and River, won the Moon City Press poetry prize. She is the recipient of several residency awards, including the George Bennett Fellowship at Phillips Exeter Academy.