“This short story cycle focuses an almost microscopic attention to
moments of our young narrator’s life and hints in beautiful and subtle
ways at the man-to-be. Gillespie shows us that in fiction, seemingly
ordinary scenes, like a spelling bee, a handwriting lesson or a
funeral, can be emblematic, reminding us too that in life, it’s the
certain—and few—small events, and not the cataclysms, that turn us
— Ryan Van Meter, If You Knew Then What I know Now
I’m really excited that Ryan Van Meter wrote a blurb for my book Dirty Socks and Pine Needles. I first heard Ryan speak on a nonfiction panel at AWP last February; he was ridiculously well-spoken and charismatic.
Ryan wrote the book If You Knew Then What I know Now — a collection of essays that “reinvents the memoir with all-encompassing empathy—for bully and bullied alike.” His book was The Millions‘ A Year in Reading pick and part of Salon.com‘s Writers Choose Their Favorite Books. He is a very talented and inspiring writer. You should check it out!