My Father Moves Through Time Like a Dirigible by Gregg Cusick
"Gregg Cusick's prose reaches a zenith few fiction writers ever achieve: the ability to make the reader ponder both the internal and external intricacies of the human condition."
—Lorian Hemingway, author of Walk on Water
"My Father Moves Through Time Like a Dirigible is the most rewarding collection of new fiction I have read in years."
—Lee Smith, author of Fair and Tender Ladies
"I want to own the space-time continuum clock that ticks inside Gregg Cusick's brain.... This is one fine collection of smart, irresistible stories, written by a brilliant storyteller."
—George Singleton, author of Between Wrecks
A small town suicide ripples through the lives of a series of acquaintances. An aging professor wavers before his class while reliving the sinking of his WWII troopship where hundreds perished. A middle-aged woman confronts her dying abuser of thirty years before. And in the title story, an old man recalls his boyhood view of his own father and the great rigid airship Shenandoah that passed over hours before its dramatic crash. In all the stories in this debut collection, ordinary, yet remarkable individuals face common human challenges in original, often surprising ways.
Over the years, Gregg Cusick has supported his writing habit through work as a furniture mover, English teacher, paralegal, construction worker, retail manager, among others. His fiction has appeared in more than two dozen journals and has won numerous awards, including the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition and The Florida Review Editor’s Prize, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He holds a Master’s in English/Creative Writing from North Carolina State University and lives in Durham, North Carolina, where he bartends and tutors literacy. He can be contacted at greggcusick.com.