This Jealous Earth: Stories by Scott Dominic Carpenter

“Engaging…charmingly nostalgic.”
Publishers Weekly

This Jealous Earth by Scott Dominic Carpenter


Paperback 5.5″ x 8.5″
List price: $15 Print / $4.99 ebook
ISBN: 978-1480172777
Publisher: MG Press
Language: English

A man puts his beloved pets to the knife; a family prepares for the Rapture; a woman in a department store slips a necklace into her purse. Whatever the situation, the characters in This Jealous Earth find themselves faced with moments of decision that will forever alter the course of their lives. Always moving and often touched with humor, Carpenter’s stories examine the tension between the everyday and the transcendent—our struggle to grasp what lies beyond our reach. Whether hawking body parts in a Midwestern city, orbiting through the galleries of a Paris museum or plotting sibling tortures in an Arizona desert, his characters lead us through a series of dilemmas of universal appeal.

Read an excerpt: “Field Notes”

Advance Praise

“Stories like time bombs.”
Gregory Blake Smith, Minnesota Book Award winner

“Tautly constructed, psychologically acute, and elegantly written stories… By turns sad, funny, tender, and alarming, This Jealous Earth examines the nuanced turns and shifts of human events and feelings that imbue the ordinary with the extraordinary.”
Siri Hustvedt, internationally bestselling author of What I Loved and The Summer Without Men

“Modern, witty, provocative. This Jealous Earth is an auspicious debut.”
Alethea Black, author of I Knew You’d Be Lovely


“Incredibly moving…Carpenter’s writing is clear and delightful.” —A.K. Mayhew, The Rumpus

This Jealous Earth is a gift of delight and surprise.”
—Patricia Skalka, Books in Brief

“If Carpenter’s first book of fiction is any indication of what readers can expect from him, then I’m already a fan.”
—Audrey Kletscher Helbling, Minnesota Prairie Roots

“Carpenter finds the magic that gives this collection of stories its glue. This Jealous Earth…sets the literary bar high for the new year.” —Lori Hettler, TNBBC

“An outstanding and well written collection.” —Kathy, Literary R&R

“Sharply written short stories.” —Libby Cone, The New Podler Review of Books

“Surreally funny…morbidly sweet.” —Ian Chung, Sabotage

“Carpenter’s prose is clean and elegant, his stories tightly constructed…a strong debut.” —Jacob Brower, noah

“Engaging…charmingly nostalgic.” —Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Scott Dominic Carpenter
Scott Dominic Carpenter was born in Minneapolis but grew up on the move. After proving himself ill-suited to mining, factory work, and other forms of hard labor, he took refuge in libraries and classrooms, many of them in Madison, Wisconsin. He teaches French literature and critical theory at Carleton College (MN), but in addition to his scholarly work, he commits fiction, examples of which have appeared in venues like Chamber Four, Ducts, Midwestern Gothic, The MacGuffin, Prime Number and Spilling Ink. A Pushcart Prize nominee and a semi-finalist for the MVP Competition from New Rivers Press, he will soon release a debut novel (Theory of Remainders, Winter Goose Publishing). His website is