A Sense of the Whole

stories by Siamak Vossoughi
Winner of The 2019 Orison Fiction Prize, selected by Victor LaValle


*available for pre-order*

Orison Books
paper  /  176 pp.  /  $18.00
Print ISBN: 978-1-949039-11-5
E-book ISBN: 978-1-949039-12-2
Distributed to the trade by Itasca Books
1-800-901-3480  /  orders@itascabooks.com
Publication Date: November 3, 2020




The fable-like stories in A Sense of the Whole—reminiscent of the best of Kawabata, Hrabal, Lispector, and Kafka—feature characters who refuse to believe that we are unconnected, refuse to not aspire to the notion of the human family. These characters are girls and boys, men and women, Iranians and Americans, all seeking a home for the body and the soul.



Siamak Vossoughi is a flat-out brilliant writer, and his latest collection, A Sense of the Whole, fills me with awe and delight. How can stories so compact be so absorbing, so tender and truthful and funny? I have no answer, only gratitude that a book like this exists, a testament to the wonders all around us, hiding in plain sight.
—Tania James, author of The Tusk That Did the Damage and Aerogrammes


These are masterful short stories. Their wisdom, warmth, and beauty overwhelmed me. This is among the strongest and most artful collections I've read in some time.
Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen and MacGregor Tells the World




Siamak Vossoughi was born in Tehran, Iran and currently lives in Seattle. His first story collection, Better Than War, received the 2014 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. His stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, and The Rumpus, among other places. 


A Sense of the Whole, stories by Siamak Vossoughi

$18.00 Regular Price
$15.00Sale Price



PO Box 8385
Asheville, NC 28814





Sign up for our newsletter

© 2020 by Orison Books. Site design by Zach Linge.