A collection of stories a testament to the culture of America by Bill Hemmig
Read Furiously is proud to announce its newest title: Americana: Stories by Bill Hemmig. Bill Hemmig is also author of Brethren Hollow, part of Read Furiously One ‘n Done series and a contributor to the Life in the Garden State anthology series.
Welcome to Bill Hemmig’s Americana, a collection of snapshots that capture everyday American encounters. From filling the bird feeder to a realtor conference (behind) the happiest place on Earth to the picturesque canals of Venice, each story celebrates the eccentricities hidden inside the fabric of an ordinary life.
Americana: Stories is not just a collection of tales; it’s an invitation to experience the magic and diversity that make America truly special. Immerse yourself in the authentic voices, vivid landscapes, and raw emotions that define its citizens. Each page turn will leave you craving for more and enthralled by Hemmig’s unparalleled storytelling prowess.
Through his signature playful satire, first introduced in Brethren Hollow, Hemmig effortlessly captures the essence of American culture, taking readers on a mesmerizing journey filled with love, loss, resilience, and the indomitable human spirit. With an incredible depth of characters and a keen eye for detail, Hemmig brings to life the untold stories of everyday people, each battling their own demons, chasing dreams, and navigating the complexities of life.
Aside from Read Furiously, Bill Hemmig’s work also appears in the Toho Publishing anthology, The Best Short Stories of Philadelphia, 2021. He has had stories published in the journals The Madison Review, Philadelphia Stories, and Children, Churches and Daddies (cc&d), and he is a three-time finalist in the New Millennium Writing Awards. By day he is Dean, Learning Resources & Online Learning at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania.
In his new collection, Americana, Bill Hemmig explores the psychological complexities of modern life. In these keenly observed stories set in familiar surroundings—the interior of a bathroom, a daily commute along a two-lane highway, a garden designed by a former homeowner–Hemmig creates landscapes that are continually shifting, in which characters, sometimes tragic, sometimes comedic, live in a state of emotional uncertainty as they move back and forth between reality and imagined worlds. “Life happens inside us,” says one character, as Hemmig explores with acuity and deep intelligence the tension between these two and how to live with the inevitability of death, Cheryl Baldi Author of The Shapelessness of Water
Inside, outside, upside down”—such are the dizzying and often tumultuous lives of the characters in Bill Hemmig’s story collection, Americana. Often with humor, sometimes pathos, and always with passion, ~Julie Cooper-Fratrik Author of The Space of Appearances
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bill Hemmig is the author of Americana: Stories and Brethren Hollow, both published by Read Furiously. His short stories appear in Read Furiously’s Life in the Garden State anthologies, The World Takes and Stay Salty, and in the Toho Publishing anthology, The Best Short Stories of Philadelphia, 2021. He has had stories published in the journals The Madison Review, Philadelphia Stories, and Children, Churches and Daddies (cc&d), and he is a three-time finalist in the New Millennium Writing Awards. By day he is Dean, Learning Resources & Online Learning at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania.