New fiction from National Endowment for the Arts recipient, Sarah Anne Strickley!
With INCENDIARY DEVICES: STORIES, Sarah Anne Strickley blends her trademark lyricism with speculative experiment in the form of stories that take readers into alternative possibilities for the characters present in such canonical works as William Faulker’s As I Lay Dying, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, and others. Though not all of the stories are explicit re-tellings, they do all approach familiar storylines and tropes with a fresh—and unabashedly feminist—perspective. If you’ve ever wondered what happens to Dewey Dell after her mother is safely in the ground, what Amy’s true feelings about her sister Joe’s literary success might be, or what happens when a newspaper headline becomes the story of your life, this is the collection for you. While Strickley’s critical gaze is brave and unwavering, readers will also enjoy her wry sense of humor and the room she makes in her storyworlds for the possibility of change. Incendiary Devices offers a glimpse of a future in which new narrative patterns shape the stories we know and love, but it doesn’t hesitate to grapple with the limitations of the present.
Sarah Anne Strickley is the author of three books of prose: the short story collection, INCENDIARY DEVICES (Tolsun Books, 2023), the novella, Sister (Summer Camp Publishing, 2021), and the short story collection, Fall Together (Gold Wake Press, 2018). She's a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing fellowship, an Ohio Arts grant, a Glenn Schaeffer Award from the International Institute of Modern Letters, the Copper Nickel Editors' Prize for Prose and other honors. Her stories and essays have appeared in Oxford American, A Public Space, Witness, Harvard Review, Gulf Coast, The Southeast Review, The Normal School, Ninth Letter, Hotel Amerika, Bennington Review, storySouth and elsewhere. She's a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and earned her PhD from the University of Cincinnati. She teaches creative writing at the University of Louisville and serves as faculty editor of Miracle Monocle, the university's award-winning literary journal.