susan neville

Selected Works

Magazine article
Sailing the Inland Sea: On Writing, Literature, and Land
Calling on the image of the Midwest's vanished inland sea, this collection of essays ponders the writing process and the "landlocked imagination."
Creative nonfiction
Iconography: A Writer's Meditation
Memoir and meditation on writing
Indiana Winter
"Susan Neville is defining the emerging genre of the new nonfiction. The stories she has to tell in Indiana Winter are tales of great emotion and stunning insight."--Michael Martone
FABRICATION: ESSAYS ON MAKING THINGS AND MAKING MEANING
We are a nation of consumers. In this meditation of manufacture, Susan Neville journeys to factories in the heart of the midwest, looking for the sources of things.
Short Fiction
Invention of Flight
Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction
IN THE HOUSE OF BLUE LIGHTS
"Susan Neville's language shimmers like light coming through colored glass, and her subtle words uncovered the inarticulate longings that burn the hearts of the most ordinary citizens. Susan Neville is one of the finest short story writers in the country." Maura Stanton

Invention of Flight

Susan Neville

Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.

Susan Neville combines a gift for language with a subtle eye and a fine instinct for character.

Her characters--and her settings--are midwestern. There is the staunchly midwestern wife in the story "Kentucky People" for instance. She was born in this house in this Indiana town, a world far removed from people like Mrs. Lovelace next door, transient people "who have followed the industrial revolution from Kentucky to Indiana and most of whom are now in Texas." Nothing really out of the way has ever happened to her. Now she "shivers with excitement" when she is called upon to help Mrs. Lovelace throw her husband out--helps her haul all of his belongings out onto the porch: underwear, shoes, whiskey bottles, rolltop desk, even "wedding presents from his side of the family."

"Johnny Appleseed," a story in this collection, was published in the Pushcart prize anthology.