Catching Up With Friends

Hello Friends,

While working on grad school and my thesis, I had to let some things slide. Writing here was one of them. I missed it and you. Thank you to everyone who reached out to make sure I was okay. School offered a much-needed bubble of reading and writing for the past two years (check out my Reading Corner for the great books I’ve read, but it doesn’t include articles, single short stories, essays, articles, or poems.) I’ve also been working with writers as a Developmental Editor (click here for more and here for a blog I wrote for Resilient Writers.) With all this going on, I haven’t been sharing, and I love sharing what I’m reading and doing.

Beyond reading for my classes, I’ve compiled a list of short story collections and novels from around the world to find new authors to enjoy and inspire my writing. Within the list, many have location-based themes. A bunch have a touch of magical/marvelous realism, even if that wasn’t the focus. Some have body horror, slipstream, speculative, fantastical, fairytale, and fable elements. Several are linked short story collections. And contemporary women wrote a good chunk of them.

The list may seem a hair all over the place, but I’ve been on a quest to discover more authors along the strange, weird, and dark paths that I love so much. I spoke to a friend the other day about writing in the style you love reading. Absolutely! That’s what a lot of this list is. But, mostly, they’re lovely and intriguing storytellers.

A goal of mine is to share these writers with you in case they pique your interest or remind you to pick up something you’ve had sitting on your to-be-read pile for a while or even to spark a memory of something you enjoyed. Over the past two years, I’ve been asking people for author names and book/story titles beyond what I’ve been able to Google. So I’m throwing the same question out to you. Who can I add?

Below is my ever-expanding list. I’m still working my way through it and will be for a while. Along with these fantastic works, I’ve been reading books about Maine and by Maine authors. I have also been researching and trying to better understand magical/marvelous realism. I’m using both terms because it’s more commonly known as magical but is also referred to as marvelous, which feels more fitting. And I’m studying plants, colors, and history. Been busy getting my word nerd on.

Enjoy the list. Let me know who I can add. I’ll start telling you about these books in the coming weeks and share more about developmental editing. So glad to be back with you.

Allen, Paula Gunn The Woman Who Owned the Shadows

Arimah, Lesley Nneka What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky

Armfield, Julia Salt Slow

Ausubel, Ramona A Guide to Being Born

Barrett, Andrea Natural Stories

Bender, Aimee The Color Master

Bender, Aimee The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

Bender, Aimee Willful Creatures

Carson, Jan Malcolm Orange Disappears

Correas De Zapata, Celia ed Short Stories by Latin American Women

De Mello Breyner Andersen, Sophia Exemplary Tales

Erdrich, Louise Antelope Woman

Erdrich, Louise The Red Convertible

Habermeyer, Ryan The Science of Lost Futures

Harrison, Jim The Woman Lit by Fireflies

Hunt, Samantha The Dark Dark

Hunt, Samantha The Seas

Jackson, Shirley The Lottery and Other Stories

Kingston, Maxine Hong The Woman Warrior

Lee, Caroline The Glass Woman

Lee, Rebecca Bob Cat and Other Stories

Link, Kelly Get In Trouble

Link, Kelly Magic for Beginners

Naylor, Gloria Mama Day

Machado, Carmen Maria Her Body and Other Stories

Martin, Emily Winfield Snow & Rose

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia Mexican Gothic

Nutting, Alissa Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls

O’Connor, Flannery The Complete Stories

O’Donnell, Roisin Wild Quiet

Oyeyemi, Helen Boy, Snow, Bird

Oyeyemi, Helen Mr. Fox

Oyeyemi, Helen What’s Not Your Is Not Yours

Ozeki, Ruth A Tale For The Time Being

Petrushevskaya, Ludmilla The Once Lived A Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In

Petrushevskaya, Ludmilla There Once Lived A Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, And He Hanged Himself

Rhys, Jean Wide Sargasso Sea

Russell, Karen Orange World

Russell, Karen St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Raised by Wolves

Russell, Karen Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Sparks, Muriel The Go-Away Bird

Van Meter, Crissy Creatures

Vaz, Katherine Our Lady of the Artichokes

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