Valerie Trueblood’s story collection, Search Party: Stories of Rescue (Counterpoint Press), plumbs the nature of loss and need with 13 stories that surprise in their perspectives on what it means to search and who is in need of rescue. Sometimes brief and consistently revelatory, these stories burrow deep into a range of psyches: a young babysitter caring suddenly for a sick child, a homeless family walking through empty houses, a nurse’s aid with thwarted artistic aspirations.
Trueblood has published investigative reports on military and environmental subjects, and critical essays in the Iowa Review, The Seattle Weekly, and The American Poetry Review, where she has been a Contributing Editor for many years. Her short stories have appeared in various journals including One Story, The Northwest Review, and the online journal Narrative. “The Magic Pebble” (One Story) was chosen as a Distinguished Short Story in Best American Short Stories 2005.