Sheehan has been writing far longer than most of us have been around. He began at the age of five, and that was 79 years ago! Hundreds of his stories have been published, and his work has been nominated 15 times for the Pushcart Prize.
(Parenthetically speaking, one of my favorites by Sheehan is a war story—a genre which I almost never read, but I’m glad I gave it a try last year, because “Parkie, Tanker, Tiger of Tobruk” is stunning, one of the best stories ever. It appears in the January 2011 issue of Contemporary World Literature.)
Thank goodness Tom shows no signs of slowing down or retiring: The Westering is the first in a series of nine (!) volumes of his stories about the American West to be published by MilSpeak Books.
Winners of the National Book Award will be announced in mid-November. Congratulations, Tom, and best of luck!
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