This month Erika Dreifus (author, blogger, and editor of Fiction Writers Review) is coordinating a short story collection giveaway in honor of Short Story Month. I’m participating by reviewing and giving away a copy of Other People We Married by Emma Straub. To qualify for this free book contest, please leave me a comment in which you recommend your favorite short story collection, or your favorite short story. I will put each comment on a slip of paper and draw them out of a hat so that I can randomly pick a winner. The comment deadline is May 31 at noon, EDT.
I recommend Other People we Married for individual readers, book groups, and writing workshops. Straub’s stories are about frustrating relationships, enduring relationships, and unrequited love. Most, but not all, are about the impact that vacations and enforced recreation has on relationships.
Here’s a sentence of funny, subtle characterization: “On Saturdays, James made pancakes and I would do interpretative dance, miming the cracking of the eggs, the stirring of the batter.”
As if this book weren’t awesome enough between the covers (its own book covers, that is), Straub earned the funniest blurb I’ve ever seen: “The smarts and humor of a Lorrie Moore or a Laurie Colwin or a Laurie Anderson—any number of Lauries.” Kevin Brockmeier‘s blurb is even funnier since Straub’s first name is Emma. Other People we Married is published by a small press called Five Chapters. Theirs is a great website to visit during Short Story Month, because they post a short story in five parts every week.
If you’re interested in entering more of this month’s short story collection giveaways, check out the Fiction Writers Review list of participating blog links.
[Thank you, Leslie Pietrzyk, for letting me know about the Short Story Month project.]