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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jim Tomlinson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1941 in Sycamore, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Tomlinson was born and raised in Sycamore, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jim Tomlinson is an award-winning short-story writer. He previously worked as a manufacturing and product design engineer.


2006 - Iowa Short Fiction Award

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Nothing like an ocean :
ISBN: 0813125405. OCLC Number: 318728026

University Press of Kentucky,. .

The eleven stories in Nothing Like An Ocean confirm the promise of Jim Tomlinson's award-winning debut, Things Kept, Things Left Behind. Set in and around the fictional town of Spivey, Kentucky, the stories spotlight small-town lives that are thrown into quiet turmoil by unexpected events or outsiders: a man's broken-down car prompts a bittersweet hometown reunion; a husband is surprised to find that the idyllic spot where he courted his wife has been obliterated by mountaintop removal; a waitress watches in fascination as a regular customer blossoms as muse to an artist from Belarus. Adept at.

Things kept, things left behind
ISBN: 9781587297687. OCLC Number: 297118104

University of Iowa Press,. .