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In No Landscape Lasts Forever , Amber Hart explores the interior landscapes of unforgettable characters, some down-and-out, and some who hold tenaciously to their small territories by ragged fingernails. Other stories transport the reader via magnificent flights of the imagination to places never before seen. All of the places— those shockingly real and those that can be reached only by utilizing the mind’s eye—are powerfully rendered. Hart also displays her keen sense of humor; some of the comedy is uproariously funny, some dark, and some tongue-in-cheek. Most importantly, Amber Hart gives us an opportunity to explore characters and places from unique vantages. She reminds us that life pushes forward and sometimes—not always, but sometimes—redemption is just beyond the horizon.
AMBER COLLEEN HART is an award-winning fiction writer and graduate of WRITE, Middle Tennessee State University’s creative writing program. Amber’s short stories have been published or are forthcoming in Neon, Cheat River Review, Storgy, LUMINA, Gravel, and Danforth Review. Her short stories were finalists in the 2015 Leslie Garrett Fiction Award and LUMINA Fiction Award (judged by Roxane Gay). Her short story, “Teddy’s Dead,” has been nominated for the 2016 Write Well Award. Amber was born and raised in the Detroit Metropolitan area. She spent years in social work in some of the toughest cities in Michigan until relocating to Tennessee. Though she has since left social work, her short stories tend to lean toward the broken lives of those among us. Her work is often a blend of humor and heartache, midwestern straightforwardness with a nod toward southern gothic. No Landscape Lasts Forever is Amber’s debut short story collection.
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Silver medal winner in 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards - Short Story Fiction category