In the Land of the Free
Paperback: 40 pages, letterpressed covers
“Although the collection deals with dismay, disappointment, and death, it is a symposium on love […] In the Land of the Free makes me see how a short short story chapbook can be a great thing.”
At once sad and comical, always a little magical and strange, Forsyth’s young characters stumble towards maturity In The Land Of The Free. From the night a baby is born onto a cutting board in his mother’s kitchen, to the day a rhinoceros mysteriously escapes from the zoo, to the morning a young man wakes to find his mud-covered relatives back from the grave, Forsyth’s ten very short fictions aim to capture the elusive nature of our relationships in geographies wholly recognizable to all of us. Through hallways and houses in the suburbs, through graveyards and wooded nooks, through bars and high school parking lots, Forsyth brings his youngsters to the heart of the American moment, where the pursuit of freedom inevitably begins.