V. S. Pritchett defined a short story as "something glimpsed from the corner of the eye, in passing." Wet Paint is a collection of six said glimpses from a larger, upcoming work by New York author Heather Holland Wheaton.Think of Wet Paint as a single from a soon-to-be-released album.
While Wheaton’s cool streamlined writing is undeniably Manhattan-centric, her quite-short short stories have found a universal audience. Her very real, very human characters are caught up in everyday dramas of loss, frustration and regret. In Wheaton’s world, nothing goes according to plan. Trains are late, shopping at Tiffany is a disappointment and cockroaches are beautiful—but there always seems to be a sense of enlightenment in her work that leads readers to understand things they’ve known all along but have never before identified.
The stories are printed in chapbook format and bound in Wet Paint signs from the New York City subway system. The covers are sometimes smeared with paint or patina-ed with New York City subway shmutz.
Wet Paint is a limited-edition printing of 200, each copy of is numbered and signed by the author.
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Heather Holland Wheaton is one of the few writers with the ability to render stark, succinct prose from the commonplace, everyday occurrence of loss and disappointment and make it funny. In each piece, there comes a moment of strange lightness and acceptance where we can see deep into the human heart.
In Wet Paint, we meet a potentially happy couple that never connects, a young boy who wins a goldfish in Coney Island while his brother lies in a coma, a micro-managing boss obsessed with Post-It Notes and an overheated commuter contemplating life as he watches a cockroach on the wall of the subway station.
Wheaton’s stories possess a dark, mesmerizing power. Out of the moments when luck runs out, the wrong decisions are made and the wrong words are spoken, Wheaton makes it into high art.About the Author:
Heather Holland Wheaton is the author of Eight Million Stories in a New York Minute, Skin of Our Teeth and "Haley's Comment," a fictional series on Penthouse.com. Her short stories have appeared in The Morning News, Slipstream and Common Ground. She lives in New York and pays the rent by working as a tour guide.
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