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About the Author

Brooke Adams Law has been writing stories since she learned to print her name. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Fairfield University and a bachelor's degree in English from Vassar College. Brooke runs her own copywriting and marketing agency, serving online businesses. She lives with her husband, son and daughter in Stratford, CT and is currently at work on her second novel. .

Fairfield Book Prize

Woodhall Press and the Fairfield University MFA Program are proud to announce the winner of the 2018 Fairfield Book Prize:

 

Catchlight

by Brooke Adams Law

The winner of the bi-annual Fairfield Book Prize receives a $1000 award and a standard contract from Woodhall Press.

About Catchlight

The four Kane siblings might have grown up under the same roof, but as adults they can barely be in the same room without a fight breaking out. Each is wrapped up in his or her own life drama - Laura is a recently divorced therapist; James, an alcoholic and deadbeat dad. Robert is a workaholic doctor on the verge of divorce and Izzy's control issues border on the pathological.

When their mother, Katherine, is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, these estranged siblings must find a way to navigate her illness without imploding. The story of a broken family seeking redemption, Catchlight struggles with questions of whether we can ever outrun our past, and who we are without memory. 

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Fairfield Book Prize Winners

The Genuine Stories
by Susan Smith Daniels
November 1, 2018 release date
Fiction. "Each of these stories is a gem. Susan Daniels manages to pull the rug out from under even the smallest of gestures and the interactions of couples, families, and strangers, revealing over and over the human touch in all its guises as miraculous. In showing the act of healing, she uncovers human beings at their most vulnerable. These are wise stories, and the feeling of the miraculous and of grace is palpable in each of them. In this world, anything, she seems to tell us, is possible."—Karen Osborn
Frozen Voices
by Lynne Heinzmann
"In her debut novel, FROZEN VOICES, Lynne Heinzmann has performed magic beyond even the skills of Harry Houdini, one of her most delightful characters. Heinzmann pulls off an astonishing feat of literary legerdemain, resurrecting real people who, in February 1907, were passengers on the steamship Larchmont, a vessel which sank off the coast of Rhode Island, taking 137 souls down with her: 'drowned, frozen, or scalded to death.' In giving voice and vitality to a group of these passengers, Heinzmann combines meticulous historical research with a humane and generous imagination. Readers will live and breathe with the four narrators of the novel, as we see them before, during and—for some—after the disaster. FROZEN VOICES weaves the characters and events aboard this doomed ship into a complex and spellbinding tale. In the end, readers are left with exactly the reactions that should follow such an act of wondrous conjuration: we are amazed and deeply touched." —Hollis Seamon
The Floating Lady of Lake Tawaba
by Chris Belden
Chris Belden braids together stand-alone stories with candid wit, creating an intricate landscape of the human heart. From the comedy of a violent public kiss to a woman's floating heartache and hope after a broken marriage, THE FLOATING LADY breathes life into the "algae-pocked" Lake Tawaba.
Good Things
by Nick Knittel
 
Nick Knittel enchants with stories as dark and moving as your favorite Bruce Springsteen song. Characters maneuver their way through not only a dead-end town, but a dead-end existence. Caught in complex relationships—friendships, marriages, and families—they chronicle what it’s like to be blue-collar and barely making it.