“Like his stories, George Choundas’ essays are a winning brew of rigor, compassion, humor, and just a touch of melancholy. Reading them will make you feel less alone.” —David Leavitt, author of The Lost Language of Cranes, Shelter in Place, and The Page Turner
EastOver Press is proud to announce the upcoming publication of Until All You See Is Sky, a collection of essays by George Choundas.
Until All You See Is Sky is a report from the front lines of a first-generation American life: growing up as the outsider, parenting without a clue, and persevering in plague times.
“The places of Until All You See Is Sky—from the Parthenon to the Tampa outpost of Payless Shoes and many spots in between—build out a compelling constellation of sites, giving dimension to the father, son, and generous human who anchors this essay collection. With playful language and an unceasing impulse to understand the world around him, Choundas makes his readers see the nooks and crannies of this rock of ours (even Midtown Manhattan!) with a new and expansive appreciation.” —Emily Nemens, author of The Cactus League
Until All You See Is Sky was selected as a winner of the 2022 EastOver Prize for Nonfiction.
Choundas’ award-winning writing has appeared in over 75 publications. His story collection, The Making Sense of Things (FC2), won the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose, the St. Lawrence Book Award for Fiction, and the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. He is a former FBI agent who worked public corruption in the Bureau’s New York Office. His mother, born in Cuba, was a flyer at Macy’s Manhattan flagship until she saved enough to travel Europe for a year. His father, born in Greece, was a tanker captain who, aboard a passenger ship transporting him to his next command, met an engaging American tourist with a Cuban accent.