The ForeWord Book of the Year Awards have been announced, and two of our books were winners. Stolen Horses by Dan O’Brien won silver in the Fiction-General category, and Quotidiana by Patrick Madden took bronze in the Essays category.
Stolen Horses describes the conflict between long-time residents and affluent newcomers in the ranch town of McDermot, Nebraska. McDermot is an ideal place for those who want to escape from their hectic city lives, but the town means something very different to these people than it does to its original inhabitants. This disagreement between new and old interests escalates, leading to mysterious deaths and pushing locals to fight the forces of “progress.”
Quotidiana is a collection of essays in which Patrick Madden sheds a new light upon everyday occurrences. His stories of selling garlic, changing diapers, and estimating how many grains of sand are on the earth, among others, remind the reader that the world is full of overlooked and underappreciated wonders.
The University of Nebraska Press is honored to work with talented and praiseworthy authors such as Dan and Patrick. Congratulations to both recipients!