NC Literary Hall of Fame



As Breaks the Wave Upon the Sea by Robert Wallace

Main Street Rag
$16.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-59948-856-1
May, 2021
Fiction: Short Stories
Available from the publisher

"In this remarkable story collection, As Breaks the Wave Upon the Sea, Robert Wallace leads us deftly, assuredly but with utmost sensitivity and understanding. His narrators, many of them female, very young to very old, show strength and self-awareness both believable and extraordinary. Wallace shows them precocious, insightful and yet human, with frailties and blind spots. These beautifully-drawn characters inform us, and leave us better, more sensitive and more understanding, than before we met them."
—Gregg Cusick, author of My Father Moves Through Time Like a Dirigible

"For the characters in these stories, loss is a jumping-off point. The question is, what comes next—into what new worlds will loss lead? This is rich territory, and Robert Wallace mines it with skill and imagination. His characters pulse with life; his settings are vividly drawn—North Carolina, Michigan, pandemic-era New York, where the streets are empty and 'the air simply smells like air.' This is transporting work by a gifted storyteller."
—Kim Church, author of Byrd

Robert Wallace has received a Writers’ Fellowship from the NC Arts Council. He has published fiction in the Bryant Literary Review, Raleigh's The News & Observer, and the International Journal of Comparative Literature and Translation Studies, as well as in the anthology Racing Home: New Short Stories by Award Winning North Carolina Writers. He has critiqued manuscripts for the North Carolina Writers’ Network for the past twenty years. He is a two-time winner of the Doris Betts Fiction Prize. Wallace’s novel A Hold on Time was published by Paper Journey Press in 2007. He lives in Durham.

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