Culture Wars by Kermit Turner
"With a few terse pages, Kermit Turner traces labyrinths of personal dilemma. Or he may explore at length a situation that has arisen from choices engaged or evaded in time past. The thought-provoking stories in Culture Wars bring onstage human relationships inflected by political, religious, and historical currents of feeling. Here is an incisively perceptive collection of stories over which Doubt casts its treacherous shadow..."
—NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Fred Chappell, internationally acclaimed author of more than twenty books, former poet laureate of North Carolina
Stories in Culture Wars present characters whose personal relationships are impacted by the "cultural divide" of the twenty-first century.
Dramatizing through personal interactions the cultural tensions and conflicts that have long simmered in the United States and which have sometimes come to a boil in recent years, many of the stories in Culture Wars are as timely as today's headlines.
And with settings ranging from Spain and Canada to rural America, characters ranging from well-educated to semi-literate, and situations ranging from mildly comic to near-tragic, Culture Wars offers stories that are sure to appeal to a wide audience.
Kermit Turner's short stories have appeared in The Greensboro Review, Roanoke Review, Phylon, Thomas Wolfe Review, Changes Magazine, and other journals. Several of his stories have received recognition: "Tongue-tied" won the 2006 Linda Flowers Literary Award; "Pool" was chosen runner-up for the 2012 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize; "Masks" was listed in Best American Short Stories as one of the "Distinguished Stories" of the year.
Turner also has published a novel-in-stories, A Matter of Blood, and a novel, Funland. These books, along with Culture Wars, are available in paperback and e-book editions.
A retired English professor, Kermit Turner lives with his wife Carol in Hickory. As a welcome contrast to writing, he plays tennis and competes in Senior Games track events.