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Working Stiffs

 

 

a short story chapbook

from One Wet Shoe Publishing

2014

$9.95

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"In crisp language and with buoyant dark humor, George Dila shows us what it's like out there, making your way, every day, against power-tripping bosses, dehumanizing military duties, the inexorable advance of old age. Dila's working stiffs grunt and sing, dodge and kill, betray and grant mercy, their survival instincts incredibly buff from constant exercise. There are no easy ways out of these deeply engaging and moving stories -- which was fine for me because I didn't want them to end."

          Andy Mozina, author of The Women Were Leaving the Men and Quality Snacks

"The characters in George Dila's stories may be at the mercy of uncompromising bosses, but that doesn't stop them from waging their own battles. Whether they're being asked to look the other way or conquer a city, the characters in these delightful stories scheme and survive, full of life and humor."

          Caitlin Horrocks, author of This is Not Your City

 

 

 

 

Nothing More to Tell

 

 

a story collection

from Mayapple Press

2011

$15.95

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"What a sly and crafty collection of stories Nothing More to Tell is. Its protagonists are, in the main, men as much spooked by the future as they are flummoxed by the past. Theirs is a present gone crosswise with small wishes and fading possibilities, the world at once predictable and unsettled. Bless this tribe, for it is in sore need of forgiveness and hope. And bless George Dila for having the talent and the courage to say so."

              Lee K. Abbott, author of All Things, All at Once

“George Dila’s plain-spoken narrators navigate grief, guilt, criminal activity, marriage, and love in all its fickle forms. Dila guides us wisely around gentle curves and hairpin turns, through downtown Detroit and small lakeside towns. These stories are funny, perplexing, and heartbreaking. And as in life, the important lessons are hard won.”

              Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Once Upon a River

“With prose pared down and pulsing alive, and characters so compassionately misbegotten that I found myself rooting them on in virtually every sentence. Visceral and graceful both – as is the hard telling of all honest fiction that matters and lasts – George Dila’s stories do their job: they call us in and then hold our full and best attention.”

              Jack Driscoll, author of The World of a Few Minutes Ago