Published February 29, 2016
A story of government surveillance, sex, and espionage. Excerpted from the award-winning story collection HUM, published by Fiction Collective 2.
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A series of locations both familiar and exotic make up the seventeen linked stories in this award-winning debut collection by the New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Fog. Whether leaving, returning, or staying put, the women who narrate these stories are bound to Alabama by history and habit, their voices informed by the landscape and lore of the deep South. In "Down the Shore Everything's All Right," twenty-eight-year-old Grace abandons wide Southern beaches for New York sidewalks, only to discover that the Gulf Coast still has a hold on her. In "Intermittent Waves of Unusual Size and Force," a wayward father is called home from California by a massive hurricane that threatens the lives of his family. In "The World's Greatest Pants," three younger sisters watch in awe as Darlene, the eldest and bravest, defies her parents and heads for Texas in a battered El Camino. An undercurrent of eroticism runs through the collection. "Propaganda" finds the youngest sister alone in an old house in Knoxville, where she forms a symbiotic relationship with a mysterious upstairs neighbor during her husband's lengthy absence. In "Fifth Grade: A Criminal History," adolescence and sexuality merge with explosive consequences. The divine and the absurd are uneasy but frequent bedfellows in these stories. "O-lama-lama" portrays a religious free-for-all at a beachside church in Fairhope, Alabama, while "Slacabamorinico" celebrates the holy commotion of Mardi Gras at a Mobile cemetery. In "The Last Bad Thing," a love-struck young woman in the Bible Belt is haunted by visions of Ramadan. A valuable resource for students of short fiction, this collection will also delight fans of Richmond's later books: The Year of Fog, No One You Know, and Dream of the Blue Room.
<p> Modern Shorts: 18 Short Stories From Fiction Attic Press. Featuring the winners of the Fiction Attic Press Short Story Contest.</p>
Published August 6, 2014
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<p> 33 stories under 1,000 words, from new and established writers. Featuring the winners of the Flash in the Attic Flash Fiction Contest, as well as former Fiction Attic contributors Steve Almond, Corey Mesler, Vanessa Hua, and Ilana Stanger-Ross. With new fiction from Meg Pokrass, Bob Thurber, and others. Foreword by Michelle Richmond. From Fiction Attic Press, where good stories come to roost.</p>