- Paperback: 186 pages
- Publisher: ELJ Editions (March 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1942004125
- ISBN-13: 978-1942004127
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,706,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nobody's Looking Paperback – March 3, 2015
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With a tender, wised-up voice, J.R. Miller writes about the mysteries of attachment like no one else, reminding us that childhood and adulthood were never separate categories, but continuous, alive, and enmeshed. An excellent debut.
~Paul Lisicky, author of Unbuilt Projects, The Burning House, and Lawnboy.
Guns, punches, fishing. Empathy, forgiveness, love. This is what readers should expect from Miller's astounding debut collection. His work harkens to what it means to be a boy, a man, a father, a human being struggling in this crumbling world.
~Ira Sukrungruang, author of Southside Buddhist, In Thailand It Is Night, and Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy.
About the Author
J.R. Miller, some might say, was born with a pencil in one hand and a book in the other. His writing career started in 6th grade when he wrote a science essay for whom he foolishly thought was the girl of his dreams. She got an A. He did not. Later, he earned an A for an 8th grade bully, sparing him a beat-down of epic proportions. Through most of his adolescence, however, his writing career fell to secret angst-filled journals, silly revenge stories and trite song lyrics—all of which he promptly (and regretfully) destroyed upon finding them years later in a box under his bed. He was born and raised in the blue-collar suburbs of Detroit. After a career designing and copywriting for a super- big ad agency proved that corporate cube farms are The Matrix, he, joined by his wife and children, moved to Florida, where he received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of South Florida. His work has been published by Midwestern Gothic, Palooka, Prime Number, Prick of the Spindle, and several others. He is founding editor of A Review of Text and Image and the production editor for Sweet Publications.
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As I was reading, I started to feel consumed with the feeling that some of this collection was familiar—too familiar. Looking back into loss, love, regret, isolation, desperation, hope, and that feeling of being invincible and defeated at the same time, I can’t tell you the sort of emotions this collect brought back. These stories reminded me what it was to grow up a child of the ‘70s and ‘80s. The special bonds of friendship, all the ways a family learns to survive, the lessons we can only truly learn through experience. There is something very special about a work of fiction that takes you back to a time when you were teetering on the fence between the past and the future, without world being laid out before you, without knowing, if you jump, whether you will rise or fall.
This collection explores themes of what it means to really know someone -- can we? -- what it means to remember, what it means to have wronged someone, what it means to have been wronged. I tore through the stories in one sitting because after reading one, I just wanted the next, and the next. They'll stay with me for some time.