The stories in Only One Life are from a female perspective. Central to each is the assertion of individual agency: the ability to take charge of your life, to make your own myth. Some narratives envisage historical events, others re- imagine contemporary issues.
This inventive debut collection focuses on the complexities of human interaction through the lens of animal behaviour and quirky natural phenomena. The best of these tales blend transformative, fantastical happenings with a wry but soulful tone, reminiscent of writers such as Aimee Bender. There is plenty of structural and thematic boldness in Animal Behaviour, but at the same time, Amanda McLeod always maintains a clear empathy with her characters and their struggles. A really diverting read.More info →
“You’re Pretty Gay is a prime example of Drew Pisarra’s dangerously funny and queerly inventive brain. Each story is its own performance, its own shattering of expectations and social mores. But shining through all the wild wit is a glowing heart looking for connection.”
– Kevin Sampsell, This Is Between Us
“Drew Pisarra is a poet writing prose. And his second book of stories, You’re Pretty Gay, reveals his poetic gifts – the nakedness, the clarity, the conciseness – in all their glory.”
– Leanne Grabel, Brontosaurus: Memoir of a Sex Life
“Each highly enchanting story is like another spoonful of a gloriously rich yet light gateaux that will makes you hungry for more.”
– Alison Norrington, Class Act
“These stories instill a sense of anticipation and longing, recalling not simply what happened but also bringing forth the wishes for what might have been.”
– Nicholas Ealy, Narcissism and Selfhood in Medieval French Literature: Wounds of Desire
In The Clock Museum and other stories, words, stories and books weave like smoke in and around the lives of a wonderful cast of characters. With sometimes life-affirming and sometimes tragic outcomes, these sensitive and insightful stories combine into a beautiful collection that will delight all readers of finely-crafted literature.
-Andy Christopher MillerMore info →
"Darkly compelling and driven by a powerful, page-turning momentum."
Author of City Of Bohane & Night Boat to Tangier
'The Tangle Box is compelling. A subtle and complex portrait of crisis and all that ripples out from it, drawn with sensitivity and care.'
Prize winning poet and author of Division Street and Black Car Burning.
'I read The Tangle Box in one gulp, start to finish. I could not put it down. It is a great book.
Author of A Crooked Tree
'A relentless narrative engine drives this story. It's a psychologically subtle and morally complex tale.'
Author of Greeting Hero
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