Black Lawrence Press

Losing Camille

Losing Camille by Paul Kilgore

Losing Camille is grounded in the American Midwest, but the characters who inhabit its ten stories are on the move—from youth to independence, safety to adventure, familiar reassurance to dangerous possibility. Young or old, they are discovering the world: A young girl watches with bewilderment as her older sister tumbles out of love. A grandfather who once pitched to Babe Ruth believes an accident has given him a glimpse of his own afterlife. A class valedictorian marries on the day of his high school prom. The stories of Losing Camille, in their exuberance and sorrow, mark the points of departure in our lives.


  • “There’s a good drinker’s mixture of ten tales in this book. Dark religious fanaticism in ‘Elders,’ sweet memories of a wise grandfather in ‘There is Sadness,’ an eerie story of a high school teacher haunted by prescient nightmares, a lawyer story maybe from the author’s experience (he is one ...), and my favorite: ‘Farm Buying,’ a riotously funny story of the Christmas dinner from hell. The author’s clear eye for detail, and his curiosity about his characters, indicate that he’s probably a pretty good lawyer too!”
    —Bill Holm

Paul Kilgore

Paul Kilgore has practiced law since his graduation from the University of Minnesota Law School. He dedicates the first hour of every day to writing. Before breakfast, before the morning paper, before the radio, before beginning his work day at the office, Paul Kilgore writes. His resulting fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications including Prairie Schooner, Beloit Fiction Journal, and Blue Earth Review. He has been a columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and his work has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Kilgore is a past winner of Minnesota Monthly’s Tamarack Award for Short Fiction. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Duluth, Minnesota.

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