The risk-taking men & women in this acclaimed new collection of 11 short stories are bound together and torn apart by their desire to make sense of life’s breakups and breakdowns. An eccentric losing her grip on reality tightens her grip on weaponry while "Speed Dating"; a vigilant son searches for clues to his mother’s past in "To Make a Short Story Long"; a Thanksgiving get-together in Manhattan goes cold turkey for a group of recovering addicts on "The Island of Misfit Toys"; a murderess awaiting her sentence conceals a pregnancy in "Surrender, Dorothy"; and in the title story, selected as one of the Best Gay Stories of 2017 by Lethe Press, a desperate man tries miscellaneous pills, miscalculated sex and a misguided self-help manual to get over an ex-love. Navigating surprising twists and surreal turns, these diverse, volatile, vulnerable characters are all bent on survival in our modern age, diving for change in the deepest of wells. "How To Survive Overwhelming Loss & Loneliness in 5 Easy Steps" was chosen by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham (THE HOURS) as one of the Top Short Stories in The Tennessee Williams Fiction Contest. The collection also includes "Cherry Bomb", another chapter in the life of VIOLET PEAKS - the eponymous heroine of David James Parr's last novel. Facebook: @davidjamesparrfiction Twitter: @ParrFiction
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David James Parr is the author of the novel VIOLET PEAKS also published by Warner Legacy Press and available on Amazon.com. His story "Beauty Marks" was a finalist in the 2017 Saints & Sinners Short Fiction Contest, available in the anthology by Bold Strokes Press. In 2015, his short story "Mata Hari" was chosen as one of the winners of The Tennessee Williams Fiction Contest. Parr's plays "Slap & Tickle", "Mimi At The 44th Parallel" and "Pluto Is Listening" have been produced in cities all over the U.S. including New York, Chicago, Dallas, St. Petersburg, and Provincetown. His play "Eleanor Rigby Is Waiting" premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival and has gone on to become an independent feature film now in post-production. David was born in Ohio, grew up on a farm in rural Pennsylvania and now lives and works in New York City. Find him at www.davidjamesparr.com
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. (NB12 MAY24T7AL) edge/point wear, light scuffing, no underlining or highlighting within. Bookseller Inventory # 1537593900