Could You Be With Her Now by Jen Michalski

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This collection of two novellas showcases Jen Michalski's varying skills as a writer. In "I Can Make It to California Before It's Time for Dinner," Michalski examines the dangers of living in a world while having a compromised reality. In a first-person narrative, the reader follows Jimmy, a mentally challenged fourteen-year-old boy who accidentally kills a neighborhood girl. He winds up running away and hitching a ride with a trucker who is not as trustworthy a companion as Jimmy believes him to be. 

In "May-September," which won first place in Press 53's Open Awards in 2010, a young writer is hired by a much-older woman over the summer to help blog her memoirs for her grandchildren. An unlikely friendship, and more, follows, as Michalski examines one of the last cultural taboos of our age: May-December romances. .
 

About Jen Michalski

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Jen Michalski: Jen Michalski's collection of short fiction, Close Encounters, is available from So New Media and her chapbook Cross Sections from Publishing Genius. Her work has appeared widely, including McSweeney's, failbetter, storySouth, and Hobart among others. She edits the online journal jmww.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Dzanc Books. 180 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Nervous Breakdown

When Alice came, Sandra asked what she wanted her to play and Alice said she didn’t care so Sandra played a little Grieg but Sandra seemed to like Beethoven so she played Beethoven.

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