August - Granta Magazine
  • Published: 04/06/2020
  • ISBN: 9781847088109
  • Granta Books
  • 304 pages


Callan Wink

August is an average twelve year old – he likes dogs and fishing, and doesn’t even mind early morning chores on his family’s farm. When his parents’ marriage falls apart and he has to start over in a new town, he tries hard to be an average teen – playing football and doing his homework – but he struggles to form friendships, and when a shocking act of violence pushes him off course once more, he flees to rural Montana. There, as he throws himself into work on a ranch, he comes to learn that even the smallest of communities have secrets and even the most broken of families have a bond.

Beautifully written and unfolding against an epic American landscape, August is a compelling, authentic and poignant story of the joys and traumas that irrevocably shape us all.

Callan Wink [...] reconfigures the landscape of the American West

Irish Times

Callan Wink's characters are as real and vivid as if they'd stepped into your living room, uninvited, to tell their stories. His style is as clear, precise, and starkly poetic as the young Hemingway's, but with an more droll sense of humor. This book is simply superb - a deft, beautiful, deeply engaging read

Miss Jane, Brad Watson, author of

Spun from the raw earth of the American heartland, August is a bruised and elegant poem to belonging. Wink's precise prose, tender and savage, make him a master of broken things

Karl Geary

The Author

CALLAN WINK was born in Michigan in 1984 and now works as a fishing guide on the Yellowstone River in Montana. His work has been published in the New Yorker, Granta, and The Best American Short Stories. This is his first book.

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From the Same Author

Dog Run Moon

Callan Wink

A construction worker is chased through the night by a shady local businessman whose dog he has stolen; a Wild West re-enactor is engaged in a long-running affair with the Indian ‘squaw’ who slays him on the battlefield every year; a boy is tasked by his father to rid the farm of cats. Playing out against the rugged backdrop of the untamed West, these stories are populated by characters who are toughened by life but still tender enough to bleed, to cry, to care, and to dream.

With its taut plotting and calloused sensibility, Dog Run Moon is written deep in the American grain, and yet Callan Wink’s humour, empathy and layered storytelling creates a fictional world entirely his own. This remarkable collection reminds you just how effortlessly powerful good writing can be.

Callan Wink on

Essays & Memoir | The Online Edition

Best Book of 1970: The Collected Works of Billy the Kid

Callan Wink

Callan Wink on why Michael Ondaatje's The Collected Works of Billy the Kid is the best book of 1970.

Fiction | The Online Edition


Callan Wink

‘He’d come to tell her that he was leaving. It seemed rather impossible now – the telling, not the leaving.’

Essays & Memoir | The Online Edition

Defining Betrayal

Various Contributors

‘As soon as we’ve uncovered and neutralized one strain of self-deception then another is ready to take its place’