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news & awards
The title story from Möbius Strips and Other Stories has been chosen as a Best Small Fictions Anthology 2019 selection! Check out the full list of winners from the Sonder Press.
Tom DeMarchi, author of Möbius Strips and Other Stories, has been interviewed in the Fort Myers News-Press and Florida Weekly. Check out our Media page for more and to read the full articles.
Events with Tom DeMarchi
Tom DeMarchi will be reading from Möbius Strips at events across the United States. Check out our events page for more information.
Möbius Strips by Tom DeMarchi
Advance Praise for Möbius Strips
Möbius Strips is my new favorite book. Tom DeMarchi is writing here in the tradition of Paley and Carver and Richard Ford, stories that peer straight into the hearts of those who lose and get lost. I read the book in one sitting, which is something writers say all the time and don’t really mean. I mean it. This is a short, fierce collection that is brutally sad and, at the same time, redemptive in its refusal to look away from our darkest moments. It shook me to my core, and renewed my faith in the form. Buy it. Now.
—Steve Almond, author of Bad Stories
In Tom DeMarchi's Möbius Strips and Other Stories, little things—a Barbie doll, a budweiser, the far-off sound of a trainwhistle—take on an almost unbearable weight. These very short stories throw a very big punch. Emotionally overwhelming, impeccably pitched, each one (and I never feel this way) is perfect. Don't think of this as a blurb. Like any fan I just want to tell people about this book I love because I think it will make their lives better.
—Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life and Chang & Eng
In the first paragraph of Tom DeMarchi’s first story, the narrator remembers how, as a boy, he and a friend “hiked home after swimming in the reservoir and lined the railroad tracks with pennies, watched the 2:19 whizz past, blow-dry our hair, spit copper tears at our feet.” This early in, we learn that we’re holding a book capable of startling and apt images. Soon we’ll find its stories—economical, powerful, playful, memorable—feature characters we care about, from the young man shoplifting milk of magnesia for his father-in-law to the recently-dumped pizza chef prevailed upon by an elderly neighbor to bury her husband’s dead body in the Everglades. DeMarchi illuminates real situations that teeter on the edge of the unreal, and in doing so, illuminates that mysterious muscle, the human heart.
—Beth Ann Fennelly, author of Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs
About Tom DeMarchi
Tom DeMarchi teaches in the Department of Language & Literature at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. His work has appeared in The Writer's Chronicle, The Miami Herald, Quick Fiction, The Pinch, Gulfshore Life, The Southeast Review, and other publications. When not writing, teaching, sleeping, or cataloguing his music collection, you'll find Tom reading biographies of jazz musicians and dead presidents, watching his son play soccer, or meeting with colleagues to discuss the Sanibel Island Writers Conference, which he directs. Because of his haircut and monochromatic fashion sense, he is often mistaken for a police officer.