Tony Eprile is the author of the novel The Persistence of Memory, a New York Times Notable Book, an LA Times and Washington Post Best Book and a winner of the Koret Jewish Book Award.
He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation.
Eprile has taught at Northwestern University, Williams College, Bennington College, Lesley University, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop and lives in Bennington, Vermont
PFP Publishing is extremely pleased and honored to announce the release of a new edition of Eprile's collection Temporary Sojourner: South African Stories in print and eBook versions.
Praise for Eprile's Work:
“A young writer of promise, with an eye both tender and acerbic.”
– Nadine Gordimer
“A vigorous, supple portrayal of the diversity and divisiveness of South Africa… false steps are few in this vibrant work, ringing with harnessed outrage and with love for a people and a land rich in potential.”
– Publishers Weekly
“A riveting collection of memories, observations, and comment.”
“Eprile writes about being an outsider — as child, black, Jew, immigrant, exile or returnee — to South African society … [these] stories display acute sensitivity to the details of human interaction.”
- New York Newsday
"More than a well-written and dramatic set of stories — but a remarkable panorama of South Africa and its several peoples. Our impulse is to see South Africa as a conflict; Eprile manages to present it as an organism …This book does what all books should do, personalize and humanize those who have been depersonalized and dehumanized. It is both a fine work of art and a fine work of politics.”
- David Bradley, author of The Chaneysville Incident
“Eprile captures the innocence of childhood, the complexity of Black/white friendship, the conflicting sentiments of expatriates, liberal sacrifice, and hope.”
“Eprile quietly reveals the cruel ironies of apartheid-speak, both official and domestic: the violence in small talk, the distortion of elemental relationships, the tenuousness of order… [he] writes with precise observation and control.”