Widely celebrated, Erin McGraw returns with her strongest collection yet, Joy: And 52 Other Very Short Stories—stories that haunt and amuse and are impossible to forget. McGraw will be in conversation with acclaimed author, and her former Ohio State colleague, Lee Martin.
In McGraw’s very short stories, narrators step out of themselves to explain their lives to us, sometimes defensively, sometimes regretfully, other times deceitfully. Voices include those of the impulsive first-time murderer, the depressed pet sitter, the assistant of Patsy Cline, the anxiety-riddled new mother, the aged rock-and-roller, the girlfriend of your husband—human beings often (incredibly) unaware of the turning points staring them in the face. Crossing time, states, class, and religions, McGraw's stories are on the edge, causing you to wince even as you laugh and draw the reader to recite some sentences aloud--a sweet voice, a shrewd insight, some uneasy charm.
Erin McGraw, born and raised in Southern California, lived and taught for many years in the Midwest, including The Ohio State University, before retiring to rural Tennessee with her husband, poet Andrew Hudgins, and her dogs. She has written six previous books—three novels and three collections of stories—along with essays and occasional journalism.