Fiction. In this daring debut collection, Susan McCarty steers lives according to their bodies. Two young men in need of heart transplants compare and challenge their physical limitations. A woman returns to Iowa from New York and binges on the food and relationships she'd left behind. A gigolo discovers he can no longer have traditional sex, a survivor of the zombie apocalypse gives up food, and a test prep tutor is forced to admit the life of the mind can't compete with the mysteries between two bodies. In language both captivating and honest, McCarty reveals the ways we use our bodies to confront our hidden selves. Draw from her well of good-intentioned limbs and charming collapses, and you'll surface in territory clear and familiar as a mirror.
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Susan McCarty's stories and essays have appeared in The Iowa Review, Utne Reader, The Collagist, Conjunctions, Indiana Review, Willow Springs, and other journals. She's been an administrative fellow for FC2, an artist-in-residence at VCCA, and a Steffensen-Cannon scholar. She has an MFA from Vermont College and a PhD from the University of Utah. She teaches creative writing at Salisbury University.Author City: SALISBURY, MD USA