“Closer All the Time” offers a look at life in the fictitious small town of Baxter, Maine, through stories linked by common places and characters. The characters are powerful, and their struggles keep the reader flying along from chapter to chapter… Nichols is expert at shining a spotlight on private moments. A mother dances alone late at night in her attic. A boxer’s mind wanders just seconds before his fight. An alcoholic rationalizes each drink at the bar when he knows he’s meant to be home to greet his children at the school bus. In each instance, time seems to slow down and the character’s thoughts and movements betray weighty emotions… Nichols creates in children the same depth that he develops for his adult characters, for some of the story’s most moving moments. ~ Heidi Sistare, Portland Sunday Telegram
Read an excerpt of Closer All the Time in Issue 1.1. Read “So Long, Brother” by Jim Nichols.