Keeping Tahoe Blue and Other Provocations by Andrew Tonkovich
One young father reconciles his parental responsibilities with hatemongers living down the block, another struggles with his own parents' deaths. Fabulist political tales offer resistance, whether in acts of civil or psychic disobedience. Finally, in a novella set on the famously clear California alpine lake, a composite character-ordinary, compromised failure or unlikely hero-responds to the demand that he act on behalf of his own redemption in a gesture of ecological courage or only fantasy.From a re-imagined Southern California childhood to adult confrontations with power both real and allegorical, these personally and politically engaged stories place their protagonists in everyday circumstances gone surreally rich in possibility, humor and potential resistance. The provocations of everyday political and familial life arrive as fact-fables about fathers and sons, citizenship, faith, addiction, and a nearly mythic insistence on imagination, with opportunities to embrace insight, reconciliation or painful truth.Andrew Tonkovich's essays, fiction, journalism and reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, OC Weekly, LA Review of Books, Ecotone and Best American Nonrequired Reading. He is the author of a novella collection, The Dairy of Anne Frank, and co-editor of the first-ever literary anthology of Orange County, California. He edits the West Coast literary magazine Santa Monica Review and hosts Bibliocracy, a books show and podcast on KPFK in Southern California.