Fiction. MOTION SICKNESS is a flash novel consisting of 55 chapters of exactly 500 words, each accompanied by a scratchboard illustration, that follows one young woman's misadventures in the worlds of employment, friendship, dating, birth control and abortion. Penelope, the twenty-year-old narrator, is a guitarist who writes some lyrics, has a social conscience and a former drug habit. She finds herself alone when her roommate goes to Calgary. At the same time she is increasingly attracted to Theo, a slightly older, married bass player with whom she develops an intimate but non-sexual relationship. In between birth control methods she finds herself pregnant after a drugged threesome with the very sexy but potentially violent Stan, who quickly becomes a frightening stalker after she has an abortion. Theo remains a stable anchor, and it becomes increasingly clear to both of them as well as to Theo's wife that their intimacy is not to be ignored. This is a smart and engaging novel with subtle magical realist and slipstream elements.
Ursula Pflug is the author of SEEDS AND OTHER STORIES (Inanna Publications, 2020), MOUNTAIN (Inanna Publications, 2017) MOTION SICKNESS (Inanna Publications, 2014), Green Music, The Alphabet Stones, After the Fires, Harvesting the Moon, and Down From. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared internationally in prestigious genre and literary publications for decades. Pflug has won small press awards in the U.S. from Dark Regions and Rose Secrest, and, in Canada, has been a finalist for the Aurora Award, the 3-Day Novel Contest, the Descant Novella Award, the ReLit Award, the KM Hunter Award, the Sunburst Award, and others. She is a Pushcart nominee. She lives in Norwood, Ontario.Author City: PETERBOROUGH, ON CAN