Born and raised in Western Massachusetts, Jon Boilard has been living in Northern California since 1986. He is the author of two novels: The Castaway Lounge (Dzanc Books, 2015), and A River Closely Watched (MacAdam Cage, 2012), which was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. His short stories have been published in literary journals in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. He lives in San Francisco, CA.
"Like Ray Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Jon Boilard's Settright Road is a cohesive collection of stories about working class life that delivers an impact similar to a novel when read as a whole. Set mostly in dying mill towns in Western Massachusetts in the eighties, these sometimes interrelated stories, composed in taut yet often lush and lyrical sentences, present characters teetering on the edge of ruin and sometimes death." --Western Mass "Boilard writes like a predator. His stories grab you by the throat in the first sentence and you have to keep reading out of self-defense." --The Recorder "An unflinching, uncompromising, Inferno-esque tour of the economic underbelly of Massachusetts.... Disturbing, despairing, heartbreaking, and hauntingly beautiful." --Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil's Rock "When you think rural noir, you might not think New England. But Settright Road proves you should. Boilard's tight, haunting collection about struggle and decline in crumbling mill towns is a must-read for fans of the genre--or anyone who enjoys stories that stick with you long after you've read them." --Rob Hart, author of South Village "It takes a mix of courage and vulnerability to write beautiful, truthful stories in which we lay bare our characters and our very selves. Boilard is a brave, honest, and open storyteller. He writes from his heart and we are fortunate witnesses." --Ethel Rohan, author of The Weight of Him