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“The 20 stories in Tyler Barton’s extraordinary Eternal Night at the Nature Museum take the reader on a drift through in-between places populated by people in search of more permanent homes. In busted cars and hotel elevators, underground shelters and single-wide trailers, museums and assisted living facilities, churches and stages, idiosyncratic and aggrieved weirdos, lovably disgruntled, seek sanctuary and try to succeed at impossible tasks; they want to help (or be helped) but don’t know how (or how to ask). The humor and humanity with which Barton depicts his characters’ plights is nothing short of a delight and his cracked wit shines on every page.” —Kathleen Rooney, author of Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey and Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
“A gem of a collection; fresh and special, full of heart. Fans of early George Saunders will find a familiar.” —Amelia Gray, author of Isadora
“Startling, gritty, wistful, lonely, quick, sharp, hopeful, hopeful, hopeful. Yes, this is what you want to read.” —Daniel Handler, author of Bottle Grove
“Raucous, laugh out loud funny, explosively imaginative, every story brims with heart.” —T Kira Madden, author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls
Tyler Barton‘s debut full-length book of fiction, Eternal Night at the Nature Museum is forthcoming from Sarabande Books (2021). He’s the author of The Quiet Part Loud (2019) winner of the Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest from Split Lip Press. Now an event producer for FEAR NO LIT, a literary organization he co-founded with Erin Dorney, he has organized and hosted live readings, workshops, and literary experiences for 8+ years. His short fiction has been published widely in journals and magazines such as Kenyon Review, Subtropics, The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, Cincinnati Review, Copper Nickel and others. Stories from Eternal Night at the Nature Museum have been awarded prizes and honors from Kenyon Review, Phoebe Journal, The Chicago Review of Books, The Best of the Net, and Best Small Fictions 2020. As a literary advocate, he offers free writing workshops for residents of assisted living communities and long-term care facilities.