A Husband and Wife Are One Satan explores the lives of ordinary people in Kazakhstan as they face the challenges of post-Soviet transition in the early 21st century. These linked short stories illuminate the soul of a people tested by their circumstances: a man struggling between tradition and his conscience, a woman recounting her coming of age during perestroika, a woman who through memory comes to identify with “the other,” a husband and wife who seek reconciliation through the words they’ve used to hurt, and a grandfather who lost his loved ones and now must face his past.
Jeff Fearnside is the author of Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air, winner of an Eyelands International Book Award, and A Husband and Wife Are One Satan, winner of the Orison Chapbook Prize. His work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including The Paris Review, Los Angeles Review, Story, The Pinch, and The Sun. Fearnside lived in Central Asia for four years and has traveled widely along the Great Silk Road.
Charles Goodrich’s new book of poems, Watering the Rhubarb, is forthcoming from Flowstone Press in 2022. Previous books include the poetry collections A Scripture of Crows, Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden, and Insects of South Corvallis, a collection of essays, The Practice of Home, and two co-edited anthologies, Forest Under Story: Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest and In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens. He writes and gardens near the confluence of the Marys and Willamette Rivers in the traditional homeland of the Ampinefu Band of the Kalapuya, in Corvallis, Oregon. FMI: charlesgoodrich.com