"Last Day on Earth," the title story, chosen for Best American
Short Stories 2017
Winner of the 2018 Towson
Prize for Literature
LAST DAY ON EARTH
A Newsweek "Best New Book Release"
A BuzzFeed "Incredible New Book You Need to Read This Spring"
A Baltimore Sun "Must-Read Book" of the summer
"Affecting…This is top-notch realistic fiction."
-San Francisco Chronicle
"Puchner can be wildly funny…a skewed and fantastic vision of the world." -Kirkus Reviews (STARRED)
"These stories get right to the heart of what it's like to be a not-quite adult." -Newsweek
"Memorable portraits…fresh and surprising."
"The nine stories in Last Day on Earth are going to shake up the story world." -Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fortune Smiles
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Besides Last Day on Earth, Eric Puchner is the author of the story collection Music Through the Floor, a finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award, and the novel Model Home, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and won a California Book Award. His short stories and personal essays have appeared in GQ, Granta, Tin House, Zoetrope, Narrative, Glimmer Train, Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. He has received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2015 he was awarded the Jeannette Haien Ballard Writer’s Prize, given annually to writers “of proven excellence in poetry or prose.” An assistant professor in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, he lives in Baltimore with his wife, the novelist Katharine Noel, and their two children.
REVIEWS FOR MODEL HOME
"Puchner is a tender, humane observer of family life…affecting."
New York Times Book Review