Issue 63 — 

Lynn Stegner (ArLiJo #63)

Lynn Stegner

Featured on ArLiJo Issue No. 63

Winner of the 2013 Gival Press Short Story Award

For All the Obvious Reasons

This short story is included in the collection titled The Best of Gival Press Short Stories edited by Robert L. Giron.

Nominated for the 2014 Pushcart Prize


“Early on in For All the Obvious Reasons, you realize you’re in a very capable writer’s hands. There is wit and wisdom, and plenty of beautiful language in Lynn Stegner’s story.

Not long into the protagonist Charlotte’s trip into the “veined interior of British Columbia” with her seemingly perfect husband Harry, and their Indian guide, you get the creeping sense that her newlywed life with him— in which every day is a “holiday morning surprise” —has some cracks.

There are ominous hints that something terrible has come to pass for young Charlotte. Stegner skillfully and patiently layers in glimpses of darkness and pain, giving the reader a deeper understanding of Charlotte. The strong narrative pulls the reader into a marriage in trouble, and deeper down into an inner bleakness at this story’s center.

A good short story should leave you wanting more, and Lynn Stegner’s story certainly does that.”
—Karenmary Penn, judge

For All the Obvious Reasons
by Lynn Stegner


Lynn Stegner’s books include the novels Undertow and Fata Morgana, both nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and Because a Fire Was in My Head, which received the Faulkner Award for Best Novel, a 2007 Literary Ventures Selection, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her novella triptych Pipers at the Gates of Dawn was awarded a Faulkner Society’s Gold Medal. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Western States Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a Fulbright Scholarship. The anthology West of 98: Living and Writing the New American West, which she co-edited and introduced, was published in 2011; she has recently completed a volume of stories entitled For All the Obvious Reasons. Currently at work on a new novel, she divides her time between San Francisco, California and Greensboro, Vermont.