Smith: An Unauthorized Fictography
In this kaleidoscopic, episodic joy ride, Jory Post treats us to thirty interviews that may or may not be real, with an array of “ordinary” people who turn out to be anything but, all of them in conversation with an interviewer who is herself a mystery.
As one encounter follows another, we realize that “Smith” is a convenient alias for a range of voices, including: a traveling nurse from Saipan, a Vietnam-war vet who lives in his truck, a woman who can only tell her own story through fairy tales, a young man more comfortable talking to animals than people, an army brat, a poker prodigy, a pool shark. Some of these Smiths offer themselves openly to the interviewer, while others reveal as much in their resistance as they do in their narratives.
Through it all, the stories, distinct and musical as jazz solos, give voice to what we want, what thrills us, what we’ve been most hurt or touched by, and what we will never forget — secrets any one of us might spill if only someone would listen. Jory Post has.
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Peter Ferry –
“In this hilariously original narrative, Jory Post puts an entirely new and original twist on the concept of biography, causing us to wonder where truth lies and where it does not.”
Peter Ferry, author of Travel Writing and Old Heart
Syed (Smith) Afzal Haider –
“Jory Post has written an imaginative, witty, and surreal work that manages to be precise, profound, and heartbreaking, too. There is a Smith in all of us.”
Syed (Smith) Afzal Haider, author of To Be With Her and Life of Ganesh
Catherine Segurson –
“Jory’s writing is full of inventiveness and wit in this daring literary tour de force. Personas and personalities give insights into their gritty and tender lives in these fictional tales that as a whole make up this fictography. My favorite is BookSmith, but it’s easy to find more than one Smith to love in this engaging cast of characters.”
Catherine Segurson, founder and editor of the literary journal Catamaran
Patrice Vecchione –
“A fairy tale of sorts about people whom you too may know or will be glad to meet on these pages. You’ll be brought in to the lives of the desperate and the ingenious. Grab a coffee or the Baileys, pull up a chair, and take a listen.”
Patrice Vecchione, author of My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice: A Guide to Writing Poetry & Speaking Your Truth