"For more than 20 years, Robert Boswell has written stories and novels about wayward men and women in the American heartland whose compasses could use recalibrating. From Dancing in the Movies, his debut 1986 story collection, to his most recent novel, Century’s Son, he shows a sensitive and comprehensive understanding of the quirks that can shake a person off course: from fear, passivity and pride to external knocks and dings that are easier to spot, harder to fix. Boswell’s new collection, The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, brings together 13 stories of misfits next door, captured in moments when circumstance drags them in new directions . . . Boswell inlays smooth, polished judgments into unsanded models of working-class and middle-class lives, setting off aspects of the characters’ makeup that they could not or would not reveal themselves."—Liesl Schillinger, The New York Times Book Review
Robert Boswell is the author of five novels, two short-story collections, and a collection of essays. He teaches creative writing at New Mexico State University, the University of Houston, and in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program.