Individual Author Record
Name: Patricia Ann McNairPen Name: None Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction Born: Sites:
Illinois ConnectionPatricia teaches at Columbia College in Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationPatricia Ann McNair has lived 98 percent of her life in the Midwest. She’s managed a gas station, sold pots and pans door to door, tended bar and breaded mushrooms, worked on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and taught aerobics. Today she is an Associate Professor in the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago, where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award as well as a nomination for the Carnegie Foundation’s US Professor of the Year.
- The Temple of Air, Elephant Rock Books, 2011
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The Temple of Air: Stories
ISBN: 0615434630 Elephant Rock Productions, Inc.. 2011 Winner of Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year
Winner of the 2012 Devil's Kitchen Prose Readers Award
Finalist of Society of Midland Authors Award for Adult Fiction
Linking the lives and tales of a place and its people through tragedy and consequence, blind faith and redemption, this collection of finely tuned short stories spans three decades to present a portrait of working class Americans. From babysitter and bus ticket salesman to construction worker and cult leader, the residents of New Hope--whose lives intersect after a tragic accident during a summer carnival--chase dreams and suffer disappointment against the subtle backdrop of a Midwestern landscape. The stories are unapologetic yet magical, bringing to life the daily struggle under the weight of war, natural disaster, illness, grief, and greed, even as the residents enjoy the comforts of solace, friendship, sex, love, ice cream, and the comics found wrapped around bubblegum.