Monday, April 4, 2011

Congratulations are in order

On this rainy and thundery day Indiana is soaked and looking a little ominous.  But we have something to celebrate! Jessica Westhead, contributor for issue 32.1 with the story "We Are All About Wendy Now" just came out with a new short story collection, called And Also Sharks.  I can't wait to read it. And such a cool cover! Here is the synopsis.

The forlornly funny stories in And Also Sharks celebrate the socially awkward, the insecure, the unfulfilled, and the obsessed.

A disgruntled follower of a self-esteem blog posts a rambling critical comment. On the hunt for the perfect coffee table, a pregnant woman and her husband stop to visit his terminally ill ex-wife. The office cat lady reluctantly joins her fellow employees’ crusade to cheer up their dying co-worker. A man grieving his wife’s miscarriages follows his deluded friend on a stealth photo-taking mission at the Auto Show. A shoplifter creates her own narrative with stolen anecdotes and a kidnapped baby.

In this collection, society’s misfits and losers are portrayed sympathetically, and sometimes even heroically. As desperately as these characters long to fit in, they also take pride in what sets them apart.

And Also Sharks, my new short story collection, ended up being scheduled for a spring publication instead of fall, and it's out now!

(It's not currently being sold in the States, but it is available outside of Canada, through Amazon.)

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