Fiction. The impulse to salvage, to resurrect, is always with us. The stories in A DIFFERENT HARBOR portray lives that have all the depth and wild weather of the Great Lakes, but are in desperate need of affirmation. From a child who has lost his mother, to a woman struggling to move on after a disastrous marriage, the characters in these stories flail for any chance to revive what they have lost. They collect fossils and watch old home videos; they chant mantras in the shower to remind themselves of who they are; they keep dried leaves under glass; they retell their own most painful stories just for the sake of keeping them alive. They find that sometimes it is possible to bring back the dead, but never in the way they had imagined. Often, the best they can do is to acknowledge the latent beauty in loss itself—which just might be enough to carry them through.
"With a quiet self-assurance, Genovise lays claim to a landscape strewn with wreckage. Plagued by ghosts of mothers and lovers and long absent friends, these storm-tossed characters suffer losses too terrible to tally. But still, they cling to hope—a stranger's interest, a recovered dream, a sister's understanding. In this beautifully imagined world, so much like our own, just staying afloat seems an astonishing victory."—Neil Connelly
"The stories in Elizabeth Genovise's A DIFFERENT HARBOR stake out territory on the tipping point. As in all the best fiction, these stories feature characters whose lives are in conflict with where they've been and where they're going. Things will change for them, but Genovise's vivid, sparkling prose tracks each journey with compassion and grace. This is a remarkable debut from an exceptionally talented writer."—Christopher Lowe
Elizabeth Genovise grew up in Villa Park, Illinois and is a graduate of Hillsdale College, Michigan. After a short stint in the Ph.D. program at the University of Iowa, during which she found herself skipping classes to write fiction, she changed her plans and moved south. She earned her MFA at McNeese State University in southwest Louisiana and eventually moved to east Tennessee for its mountains and hiking trails. She is currently teaching literature and writing, and trekking through the woods in her spare time. Her fiction has been published in The Southern Review, The Pinch, Relief, Yemassee, Pembroke Magazine, Labletter, Driftwood Press, Cold Mountain Review, and other journals.
Author City: OAK RIDGE, TN USA