Individual Author Record
Name: Steve KarasPen Name: None Genre: Fiction Born: Sites:
Illinois ConnectionKaras lives in Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationSteve Karas is the author of Kinda Sorta American Dream. His stories have also appeared in the short-fiction anthologies Friend.Follow.Text. #storiesFromLivingOnline, Saudade, and Road Story, as well as literary journals like Necessary Fiction, jmww, Hobart, WhiskeyPaper, and Little Fiction.
- Kinda Sorta American Dream: Collected Stories, Tailwinds Press Enterprises LLC, 2015
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Kinda Sorta American Dream: Collected Stories
ISBN: 0996717501 Tailwinds Press Enterprises LLC. 2015
In Steve Karas’ debut collection, an unemployed autoworker finds himself at an elite seminar for aspiring Santa Clausesan IT specialist eagerly awaits the Mayan apocalypse in his parents’ basement as his father descends into dementia. Through fourteen curiously ambivalent studies, Karas methodically examines and reconfigures the core archetypes—dot-com entrepreneurs, hard-striving immigrants, obsessive diner owners—that haunt and dominate the American psyche. Their narratives, set against a dizzying panorama that stretches from the ruins of post-2008 Detroit to the desperate paradise of suburban Florida, evoke the familiar American mythology of army bases, Manhattan high-rises, and Midwestern video stores. Yet Karas’ masterful, minimalist portraits are ambiguous and tinged with uncertainty.
The winners, losers and hopeless visionaries who populate Kinda Sorta American Dream are united in their relentless quest to induce massive disruption in their lives—and their profound doubts about whether such radical change is possible.