Paul Griner's short story featured in Oprah Daily
Paul Griner's short story "The Inquisitor's Manual" has been published on the Oprah Daily website. Professor Griner's story is about reconciling the possibilities of love, and is selected by the editors of Oprah Daily as part of a series of original stories by some of their favorite writers. As the editors write, "The Inquisitor's Manual" begins "like a rom-com meet-cute," but as it unfolds it explores the "possibilities—some of them cynical, some celebratory" of a new relationship. "In just over 1000 words, Griner perfectly captures the way our pasts, presents, and potential futures impact our everyday interactions—and the way our entire lives can be defined by those everyday interactions."
Earlier this year, Paul Griner published his novel The Book of Otto and Liam to great critical acclaim. According to Kirkus Reviews, "Griner’s novel is a powerful excavation into the darkest recesses of grief. . . . Unabashedly polemical, angry, and heartbreaking." George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo: "Every so often a writer whose work you’ve admired makes a sudden leap into new and fertile territory. This is the case with Paul Griner’s dazzling new novel, The Book of Otto and Liam. Fast, timely, structurally daring, deeply humane, it is also wildly entertaining, in the best sense of the word: it drives the reader through it by virtue of her natural human feeling of concern."
Paul Griner is a Professor in the English Department at UofL. He is the author of the short story collection Follow Me (Random House), a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, and the novels Second Life (Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press), Collectors (Random House) and The German Woman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). His short story collection Hurry Please I Want to Know appeared with Sarabande Press in 2015 and won the 2016 Kentucky Literary Award.