Sean Ennis is a Philadelphia native, now living in Water Valley, MS. His fiction has appeared in Tin House, Crazyhorse, The Mississippi Review, The Good Men Project, Bayou, The Greensboro Review, and the Best New American Voices anthology. He's taught for The University of Mississippi, The University of New Orleans, and The Gotham Writers' Workshop. A recipient of a Mississippi Arts Commission literary grant, he is the author of the story collection, Chase Us (Little A/New Harvest).
**Shortlisted for The William Saroyan International Prize for Writing**
"Ennis’s debut collection provides glimpses into the lives of a cohort of boys from the outskirts of Philadelphia, who grow older but never really grow up. In most of the stories, the boys are adolescent—shooting bows and arrows, playing suicide against a wall with a tennis ball, drinking their first beers—and Ennis nails the spite, tenderness, and trepidation in the voice of both an 11-year-old boy and the man he becomes....Whether he’s portraying a teenage war between skaters and “guidos” or the vulnerability of a father holding a newborn baby, the author presents the raw messiness of fear and confusion through a lyric cadence....[I]t’s clear by the end of the book that Ennis has crafted a beautiful, hard-hitting collection. " --Publishers Weekly
"In tough, spare prose that spares nothing, Ennis delivers us into a world that reveals the simultaneous innocence and brutality of adolescence. These stories beautifully capture a lingering dream of childhood." --Brad Watson, author of Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives and The Heaven of Mercury
"Stories that are thoughtful, funny, and just the slightest bit strange...Ennis is a brilliant writer, and this is a terrific performance." --Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter