On today’s episode, we’re going behind the front lines in the war at home. In our first story, a young boy in Eastern Kentucky writes to his pen pal, an Indian immigrant living in Manhattan, about life in the mountains during the 2008 elections. Silas House reads a chapter from “Same Sun Here.” Then, a man shrinks his wife and gives her a doll house to live in. The wife doesn’t take it lying down. Manuel Gonzales reads “The Miniature Wife.”
Silas House co-wrote Same Sun Here with Neela Vaswani. The book won a 2013 E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Award. House is the author of four other novels: Clay’s Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, The Coal Tattoo and Eli the Good. He was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky and splits his time between London and Berea, where he serves as the Director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College and on the fiction faculty Spalding University. House is a two-time finalist for the Southern Book Critics Circle Prize, a two-time winner of the Kentucky Novel of the Year, the Appalachian Writer of the Year, recipient of the Lee Smith Award, the Hobson Medal for Literature, the Appalachian Book of the Year, the Chaffin Prize for Literature, the Award for Special Achievement from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, The Parents’ Choice Award (Fiction, 10 & Up), and many other honors, including the 2010 Intellectual Freedom Award from the Kentucky Council of English Teachers.
Manuel Gonzales is the author of The Miniature Wife and Other Stories (Riverhead). A graduate of the Columbia University graduate creative writing program, he has published fiction and nonfiction in Open City, Fence, One Story, Esquire, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and The Believer. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two children, where he serves as executive director of the Austin Bat Cave, a nonprofit writing center for kids and teens in Austin, Texas.
The ninth episode of Unbound airs at 7 p.m. Thursday. It features Jacinda Townsend and Neela Vaswani. Join us at 89.3 or stream at WFPL.org.
Unbound is made possible in part by the Bachelors and Masters Writing Programs at Spalding University. Read more credits and thanks.