Vince Sgambati, New Book Launch

February 28, 2020 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Undertow of Memory

There’s a space between what was and what’s next, where memory comforts and disheartens. The varied protagonists in these character-driven stories live in that undertow: the doctoral student stuck in the memory of a brief sexual experience; the woman recognizing her younger self in a photograph, but confused by the crone who stares back at her from a mirror; the widower, more comfortable among strangers than friends because he doesn’t have to apologize for his loneliness — encounters that open the floodgates.


“By turns lyrical, bittersweet, tragic, and celebratory, this is a necessary book that deserves a wide and eager readership.”​–Stephanie Dickinson, author of Girl Behind the Door and The Emily Fables

 “…gently told, often in multiple voices, each given the space to tell their side of the story until the sometimes sad and often beautiful picture of people connecting as best they can emerges.” Tammy Lynne Stoner, author of Sugar Land—IPPY Award winner and the Advocate’s Best of 2018

 “Undertow of Memory will leave you breathless with its subtle beauty and frank, powerful storytelling. Aging, loss, transformation, regrets, all the unspoken underpinnings of life receive a voice in Sgambati’s masterfully poetic prose.” Gar McVey-Russell, author, Sin Against the Race

Vince’s debut novel, Most Precious Blood, was a Foreword Indies Finalist in literary fiction, 2018, and a Central New York Book Awards Finalist. His short stories have been recognized by the Nimrod Literary Awards: the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and the Saints and Sinners Fiction Contest (2013 & 2016). His fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in North American ReviewNimrod International Journal of Prose and PoetryGertrudeOff The RocksSaints and Sinners: New Fiction from the FestivalQueer and Catholic,Journal of GLBT Family Studies, and Lavender Magazine, where he wrote a column on Queer Parenting. His short story collection, Undertow of Memory was recentlypublished by Fomite.

Undertow of Memory will be available for purchase at ArtRage by February 10th (we hope!). Might be fun to read most or all of the stories before the book launch. For info on their arrival, call 315-218-5711.