Click on one of the following links to get an early jump on the Summer 2011 edition of Found Press Quarterly:
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Here’s our awesome FPQ Summer 2011 list, featuring stories from Caroline Adderson, Richard Rosenbaum, Maria Meindl, and Dave Margoshes:
Obscure Objects by Caroline Adderson
Coming out of an unhappy relationship and a stint at an artists’ colony, Charlotte, a writer, takes a job teaching at a private ESL college. There she befriends Renata—audacious, sexy, and as changeable as Proteus. “I have a story for you,” Renata says to her one day over lunch. She doesn’t elaborate further, but Charlotte soon discovers that she has found in Renata an unexpectedly passionate and compelling subject.
Praise for Obscure Objects:
“Caroline Adderson is such a graceful and intelligent writer that the work that must surely go into creating her hilarious, prismatic stories is never betrayed in the language. There is no strain on the page, not a bead of sweat. I think of her as a writer’s writer. I envy her talent and learn from her sentences. The short story, Obscure Objects, is, I’m happy to report, Adderson at her glorious best.”
—Barbara Gowdy, author of Helpless and The White Bone
The Oughts by Richard Rosenbaum
Polly knows what she wants: to be in the greatest band in the world. Oliver knows what he wants: Polly. Together they are The Oughts, a duo trying to attain the unattainable, one basic chord at a time.
Praise for The Oughts:
“Richard Rosenbaum’s The Oughts jabs its sticky little fingers right into your heart and swirls them around in there for a long, long time. Its characters unfold in pitch-perfect awkwardness and tender apathy, and readers will be struck by the surreal hinges and twitching imagery that Rosenbaum flawlessly weaves in. Writers in the audience should take note: Rosenbaum has created a writhing work of fiction that any scribe would aspire to be capable of pulling off.”
—Liz Worth, author of Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond and Eleven: Eleven
The Last Judgment by Maria Meindl
Charlotte is on the cusp of adolescence, and her world is being turned upside down. Unable to turn to her distant mother or absent father, she searches for guidance on the streets of downtown Toronto—and discovers God (or some version of Him) in the gutter.
Praise for Maria Meindl’s Outside the Box, coming September 2011 from McGill-Queen’s University Press:
“Encompassing literary, social, and women’s history, personal memoir, and media studies, Outside the Box is honest, revealing, and original.”
—Elaine Kalman Naves, author of Shoshanna’s Story
Bright Lights on Broadway by Dave Margoshes
Having lived a long, eventful life, Charlie Weinheimer’s only regret is that he has no one to carry on after him. After a near-death experience, he resolves to find out whether a secret buried in his past is proof he has a legacy after all.
Praise for Bright Lights on Broadway:
“Margoshes gives us the life of Charlie Weinheimer: quadruple by-pass patient, widower whose children all die tragically young, but not a whiner. In his hospital bed at age seventy-seven, he’s seen it all, right? Well, maybe not. Watch as Margoshes calls upon his raconteur skills to thicken the plot.”
—David Carpenter, author of A Hunter’s Confession