Lon Otto


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The story -- With horse people -- Her hair -- Terror -- The rules -- Submarine warfare on the upper Mississippi -- Tact -- The gardener's story -- Three places -- Love poems -- Bread murder -- I'm sorry that you're dead -- Entry -- Waiting for the freedom train -- The Milwaukee poets -- Cello -- The bicycle that went mad -- A regular old time miser -- The wish-fulfillment camera -- Background music -- The labors of love -- A very short story -- A nest of hooks -- What happend to Bill Day -- The cruelty of dreams -- Welfare Island -- A good year for them -- The siege.


Chosen from 350 entries, A Nest of Hooks by Lon Otto is the winner of the 1978 Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction. Otto received the $1,000 Award contributed annually by the Iowa Arts Council. This volume of 28 stories is the ninth winner of the Iowa Award. Stanley Elkin, who judged this year's competition, teaches creative writing at Washington University, St. Louis, and has published six books–four novels and two collections.—Front flap.

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Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction

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Elkin, Stanley

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University of Iowa Press


Iowa City

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