Both Di Blasi’s style and her objective distance and comprehension of her chosen subject mark her as a very psychologically driven, very talented writer.
Publishers Weekly

Available February 1, 1997

Drought

Fiction by Debra Di Blasi

Debra Di Blasi writes from the heart of the Postmodern American Gothic. A native Missourian, she plumbs the depths of psychosexual repercussion and searing sentiment behind the region’s parched, pitchfork-bearing façade. Though her writing has been widely published in literary journals, Drought, paired here with a second novella, Say What You Like, is a stunning first foray into book form. In Drought, Di Blasi dissects a young couple’s relationship on a failing cattle ranch, allowing us to see all the subcutaneous mental and physical violence they endure. As unceasing heat kills the couple’s livestock, Di Blasi focuses a science writer’s exactitude and a poet’s charged restraint on the human cost of rural tragedy. Say What You Like offers an even more ruthless examination of a couple’s deep-seated pain. Pared down to short, numbered sections, the relationship of a nameless “He” and “She” is laid bare by Di Blasi’s unflinching skill with the scalpel. Debra Di Blasi is a daring young writer of the top order.

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ISBN
9780811213325
Price US
10.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
96

Debra Di Blasi

Contemporary American fiction writer

Both Di Blasi’s style and her objective distance and comprehension of her chosen subject mark her as a very psychologically driven, very talented writer.
Publishers Weekly
Both Di Blasi’s style and her objective distance and comprehension of her chosen subject mark her as a very psychologically driven, very talented writer.
Publshers Weekly
People content to name the will’s inevitable defeat ‘God’ or ‘History’ will not long endure these restless stories. Di Blasi writes for the rest of us, the comfortless unconfessed of us.
—H.L. Hix