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Great Desires for Absent Things Paperback – April 3, 2010
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About the Author
Rob Ryser is a prize-winning journalist for a daily newspaper in metropolitan New York and a fiction writer who is fascinated by the power of the story in American culture. An adjunct professor of English, a father of eight children and a longtime rebel, his ideas about the relationship between revival, revolution and renaissance are part of an emerging art manifesto that puts faith and beauty at the center of cultural change. Raised in the same Chicago suburb as Ernest Hemingway, Ryser as a youth believed the best way to know himself was to travel and write about home from a distance. Twice while in college he took extended half year breaks to live in London, earning a Bachelor's Degree in International Studies. He moved to Manhattan where he undertook three years of character analysis as a bartender on the Upper East Side. Later, newly married with a child, he accepted a staff writing position with Gannett Newspapers in the suburbs. He distinguished himself as a skillful storyteller, earning a Master's Degree in Writing. At the same time, a season of personal struggles forced him to rearrange everything he knew about life and explore it through serious fiction. His disturbing and engaging short story about an alcoholic socialite restaurateur was published in Inkwell in 2002. Later that year, he finished an ambitious manuscript that became "Great Desires for Absent Things." Today he is a senior-level reporter whose most popular features concern the enduring themes of death and purpose. His writing is characterized by a flair that is graceful and riveting. His stories have won six major awards since the turn of the millennium.
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In addition to giving the reader a very thoughtful, insightful and always interesting story, the author writes with a beauty which is often breath-taking and highly poetic. The book is beautiful and original and I would definitely recommend it.