Charity & Fishboy
July 8, 1998
About the Author
Mark Richard is an American short story writer, novelist, screenwriter, and poet. He is the author of two award-winning short story collections, The Ice at the Bottom of the World and Charity, and a bestselling novel, Fishboy. Mark Richard was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and grew up in Texas and Virginia. He attended college at Washington & Lee University. His first book, the short story collection The Ice at the Bottom of the World, won the 1990 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, GQ, The Paris Review, The Oxford American, Grand Street, Shenandoah, The Quarterly, Equator, and Antaeus. He is the recipient of the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Whiting Foundation Writer’s Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, the Mary Francis Hobson Medal for Arts and Letters, and a National Magazine Award for Fiction. He has been writer-in-residence at the University of California Irvine, University of Mississippi, Arizona State University, the University of the South, Sewanee, and The Writer’s Voice in New York. His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, Spin, Esquire, George, Detour, Vogue, and The Oxford American, and he has been a correspondent for the BBC.
About this Book
Fishboy is a throw-away boy, a boy abandoned and reborn in a swamp by the side of a road, who, fleeing the consequences of a murder he believes he has committed, jumps a trawler manned by a crew of renegades. On a voyage replete with ghosts, sea creatures, and the constant threat of dissolution, Fishboy yearns to expiate his guilt by serving his violent shipmates: the captain, a giant called John whose entire body is a cartographical tattoo; the repulsive but wise steersman Mr. Watt, the man turned inside out; the homicidal, knife-wielding Lonny; the boil-plagued cook, haunted by his armless brother.