These mini-essays, originally newspaper columns written for Shaw Media, describe a life of survival: surviving diapers, Pinewood Derby races, and middle school band concerts. Rick Holinger regularly throws his pseudonymous nuclear family under the bus because his children were too young to object, and his wife enjoyed the extra, though paltry, income. No one, however, sacrificed more than the author. Who else would expose his fatherly and husbandly incompetence by revealing in print the time he burned out the front lawn with First Apply Spring Fertilizer? Or wrinkling his wife’s favorite wrinkle-free pants by leaving them untended and cooling in the dryer for five days? Or forgetting to screw in their inboard-outboard’s drain plug before spring launch, thus owning a bathtub rather than boat?It takes a pillage to raze a family. But Holinger survived. Barely. This book tells how.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rick Holinger’s poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Southern Review, The Iowa Review, Boulevard, Witness, and elsewhere; three journals nominated his work for a Pushcart Prize. His short story collection, Not Everybody's Nice, won the 2012 Split Oak Press Flash Prose Chapbook Contest, and Kattywampus Press published his innovative fiction chapbook, Hybrid Seeds: Little Fictions. Degrees include a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from The University of Illinois at Chicago, and an M.A. in English from Washington University in St. Louis. He teaches English at Marmion Academy, facilitates a creative writing workshop at the Geneva Public Library, and lives with his wife, Tia; dog, Summer; and, occasionally, his two twenty-something children in the Fox Valley, an hour west of Chicago. He continues to write columns for Shaw Media in the Kane County Chronicle.
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