Peter Grandbois


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Peter Grandbois is a professor of creative writing and contemporary literature at Denison University in Ohio. His short fiction has appeared in numerous renowned magazines and received an honorable mention for the 2007 Pushcart Prize.



Set in nineteenth-century Wisconsin and Colorado, Nahoonkara follows the lives of three brothers striving to re-create themselves. While Killian takes care of his sick mother and Eli flees after a conflict with his father, Henry founds a prospering mining town. Featuring differing points of view and beautiful poetic language, this outstanding novel reveals what happens when individual identity collapses.


Peter Grandbois is a splendid writer I intend to follow very closely.

Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize Winner


The tight prose and precise language are reminiscent of the rhythmic cadence of Cormac McCarthy or Jeff Talarigo. Peter Grandbois’ name is one we should look out for in years to come.

Necessary Fiction



Peter Grandbois’ poignant debut The Gravedigger is written in the best Latin American tradition. Juan Rodrigo is haunted by the people he buries in his tiny Andalusian village, feeling compelled to pass along their stories. But the truths he reveals don't always go over well among the surviving. Then his teenage daughter Esperanza falls in love with a gypsy boy, and fate stops at his own doorstep…


A thoroughly engaging novel, full of beauty and charm.

The Rocky Mountain News


Reminiscent of the work of Luis Alberto Urrea and Gabriel García Márquez, this luminous first offering brims with earthy humor and heart.




Elizabeth Cox on Grandbois’ first novel, The Gravedigger:


The Gravedigger, by Peter Grandbois, successfully intermingles the world of death and the world of life, creating a place where one man, Juan Rodrigo, both fights and embraces the mix of truth and story; and where the characters seek a way to examine, or at least allow, a belief in the real meeting-place of those two worlds.

Grandbois is a master at handling the world of reality and the world of spirit as it exists in the same moment. The Gravedigger will appeal to those who love the great South American writers. Peter Grandbois has delivered a complicated and complex story in a readable and clear prose. His work is in the style of Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa, though Peter’s voice and presentation of the story is his own.



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The Gravedigger, San Francisco: Chronicle Books 2006, pb 2007, 255 p.

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Poland: Muza 2008


The Arsenic Lobster. A Hybrid Memoir, New York: Spuyten Duyvil 2009, 129 p.


Nahoonkara, Pennsylvania: Etruscan Press 2011, 161 p.



Short Stories:

Wait your turn and The stability of large systems

Wordcraft series of fabulist novellas

Oregon: La Grande 2014, 115 p.


The glob who girdled Granville and The secret lives of actors

Wordcraft series of fabulist novellas

Oregon: La Grande 2014, 122 p.


The girl on the swing and At night in crumbling voices

Wordcraft series of fabulist novellas

Oregon: La Grande 2015, 144 p.


Domestic Disturbances

Boulder: Subito Press 2013, 96 p.

Finalist in ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year awards for 2013