Amazing Graces: Yet Another Collection of Fiction by Washington Area Women
$18.95 464 pp
Cover image: "Copper Head," by Sheep Jones
"There is nothing parochial here in Amazing Graces: Yet Another Collection of Fiction by by Washington Area Women. Not in terms of place nor of gender. This is quite simply a remarkable collection of contemporary fiction dense with real life and more. Dive in!!!!"
"Amazing Graces is absolutely consuming. I was transported by the worries of a teenage girl in a tough inner-city school, a woman desperate to break up with her therapist, someone who loses his sight and makes sense of the world. These stories are raw and inviting, painful enough to read, yet often endearingly funny. A mother in ‘Floating’ says, ‘You know, honey, there’s something I want to tell you, but I don’t want to upset you. Do you think you’ll be upset?’ It’s a question I might ask the reader of this collection. You are going to go to a wig shop in these pages; you are going to walk into a room of Kennedy lookalikes, and people wearing Sarah Palin masks. Take nothing for granted and get ready to be surprised."
"In this amazing anthology, you will find depth and range in stories taking place from Brazil to New Orleans, London to New York to L.A., from Maryland’s Eastern Shore to the other side of the grave – and, of course, Washington. You will find humor, irony, rage, sorrow, ghost stories and love stories. You will find kids who rebel and grow, and kids who don’t. You will find women who face pregnancies, abortions and adoptions; mothers who love their children and mothers who drive them crazy; wives who cope with adultery, and wives who confess it. Mostly, you will find real people made of flesh and blood, bone and heart. What you will not find is politics, or politicians (except for a fantasized Dick Cheney in retirement). Thus, this is a guide to the real capital, stretching far beyond the Capitol dome into the real world and beautifully rendered by gifted Washington women with art, intelligence – and grace."
Amazing Graces features:
• Amazing Graces, the fifth collection of fiction by Washington, DC-area women in the Grace & Gravity series from Paycock Press, is garnering great blurbs! Click here for details.
Amazing Graces launches with lively party in January
The Amazing Graces launch party, held on Sunday, January 8, at the renowned DC bookstore Politics & Prose, was a smash success! We sold 200 copies of our newest book and enjoyed insights about its development from an eight-author panel moderated by Bethanne Patrick. Panelists Rae Bryant, Celeste Crenshaw, Beth Frerking, Jennifer Howard, Esther Iverem, Priscilla Nemeth, Wanda Warner and Kathleen Wheaton each read from her piece in the new anthology (it worked like a collage) and then fielded questions from the audience and the moderator. "The event was truly a celebration, not a marathon," said editor Richard Peabody, owner of Paycock Press.
Alumni from the first four volumes in the series and writers who are penciled in for a sixth volume were invited to the event.
For more details, go to the Politics & Prose site: http://www.politics-prose.com/event/book/richard-peabody-ed-amazing-graces
Our thanks to Pam Risdon, www.risdonfoto.com, for these great photos of the event.
Celeste Crenshaw, Constance Witherspoon.
Margaret Grosh and Richard Peabody of Paycock Press.
Gabriela Romeri, Jennifer Howard.
Patricia Bartlett, Wanda Warner, Nita Congress.
Richard Peabody, Patricia Morningstar.
Kathleen Wheaton, Lorine Kritzer Pergament.
Rose Solari and Richard Peabody.
Linden von Eichel, Susan Sharpe, Nita Congress.
Richard Peabody, Jennifer Napolitano, Caitlin Cushman.
Priscilla Nemeth, Rae Bryant.
Lissa Muscatine, co-owner of Politics and Prose; Richard Peabody.
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