Russ Desaulnier and his wife, Bonnie, have lived in Eugene, Oregon, for the last twenty years. Prior to that, he taught English at a Japanese university.

Titles by Russ Desaulnier

  • Voyagers by Russ Desaulnier

    by Russ Desaulnier

    “These stories read as genuine experience, created by a writer for whom craft is an instinct. The matter of each is evoked without mishap. For each I came away thoughtful, touched.”
    —Richard Lyons, author of The Edge of Things and Divisible by One

    “The characters in Voyagers traverse the uncharted territory of life’s starts and stops, dream their way through lazy curves and careen around sharp corners while navigating friendships new and old, exploring young love, enduring the searing void of loss. They encounter kindness, violence, and regret; couple and uncouple; are lacerated and heal, bear scars. An epic journey.”
    —Ross West, author of the short story collection The Fragile Blue Dot

    “There’s nothing more to say. Russ Desaulnier has perfected the craft of writing short stories. He now graces us with his fifth volume, Voyagers. The title comes from the first story in the collection and that alone makes the book a success—and yet there are many more excellent stories to follow.”
    —Dan Armstrong, author of The Eyes of Archimedes, Quicksand and Princeton Charlie’s Got the Blues

    “With Voyagers, Russ Desaulnier has once again succeeded in so seamlessly blending real people and real places with their fictional counterparts that readers won’t know the difference…but will thoroughly enjoy all four.”
    —Barry Lawler, author of the story collections Kitchen Sink Anthology, Personal Skirmishes: 21 Heart Warming Misadventures, Miracles and Minor Atrocities and the novel Fish

  • by Russ Desaulnier

    “The stories of The Player are filled with memorable characters, individuals swimming against the undertow of life, slouching toward an uncertain tomorrow in search of the great unknowable something hiding out in the mysterious land where love is found, lost, and all too often misplaced. I am glad to have met them.”
    —Ross West, whose stories have appeared recently in Wisconsin Review, The Satirist, Entropy, Litro, and Pangyrus

    “Russ Desaulnier’s fourth collection of short stories may impossibly be his best. The Player is fourteen well-crafted tales driven by a wide breadth of culture and a deep well of sentiment for his characters.”
    —Dan Armstrong, author of the novels Quicksand and Blake College

    “The characters of the stories in The Player are undaunted by the challenges of following dreams—the promise of a career in Japan, glory as a torero in Mexican bullrings, an offer to be a carefree gentleman and live in an Irish castle, etc. The characters take us from California to Mexico and Spain, to Japan and Greece, all with the go-for-it optimism of youth.”
    —Rafael Zepeda, Cal State Long Beach professor of English, author of the novel Desperados, and Horse Medicine & Other Stories

    The Player is a well-written collection of stories, just the book to read while sipping coffee after a chilly morning walk. You can’t go wrong.”
    —Arthur Wild, author of the short story collections What Old Men Think About and A Confusion of Stories

  • by Russ Desaulnier

    “The Border and Other Crossings is a collection of short stories that shows life lived to the full, with passion and sensitivity, and illuminates the simple events of the not quite, ordinary life that each of us leads. The narrators of these stories affirm that life is best understood backwards, that recreated moments reveal the borders of the heart and define the passages we’ve made.”  -Bill Plain, Editor

  • by Russ Desaulnier

    This book begins with the back story of the Malones, two young brothers who leave Western Canada during the Depression in the 30s to make their fortune in England but end up in California after the war. Thereafter, the stories take place in California and encounter the lives of assorted narrators looking for love, meaning and purpose. In the last five pieces of the collection, older narrators are reflecting and seeking to terms for their lot. Overall, the collection can be seen as a fictional journey in the zeitgeist of California in the latter half of the 20th century, the golden land of dreams.

  • by Russ Desaulnier

    The stories in Making Waves address universal experiences from the ’60s and ’70s, when the liberation of that era was a challenge that many didn’t handle with grace or direction. While shambling through those uncertain times, these narrators maintain an unshakable optimism.