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Life-changing moments. Impassioned encounters. Twelve stories at the crossroads of heartbreak and desire.

Body Language

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"MacDonald reads the room in each story and sees not just the postures and worn shoes of their inhabitants, but also their inner states. Throughout this collection, she builds many such rooms for her readers to survey, populated by people whose body language speaks volumes. The fictional worlds are fully fleshed-out, and the stories' wide-ranging premises and subtle endings yield a sense of wonder."
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When a long-lost love comes knocking, a loyally wedded rancher is tempted by old passions. A bartender wrestling with sobriety is pushed to the edge by a familiar barfly. After her husband's death, a famous composer struggles to write a single note.

From international flights to hidden grottoes and a nude beach, twelve wayward souls seek to satisfy their deepest hungers and escape their fears.

Body Language explores our often-misguided quest for happiness and connection. If you like vulnerable explorations of carnal cravings, challenging moral quandaries, and transformative self-reflection, then you'll love these heartbreaking and unforgettable portraits of people yearning for the solace of human touch .

Read Body Language to embrace all that binds us today!

"Wry, heartwarming and richly dramatic, these stories reach across decades, from troubled young adulthood to precarious old age, and reaffirm what remains human and vulnerable in all of us." —Tara Ison, author of Child Out of Alcatraz and Reeling Through Life

"MacDonald's profound insight and compassion are triumphs of this indelible collection of stories."
—Lynn Sloan, author of This Far Isn't Far Enough and Principles of Navigation

"...unforgettable portraits of people crossing out of hopeless suspension into vulnerable hope and tender communion."
—Kevin McIlvoy, author of Little Peg and The Fifth Station

Estimated Ship Date for Winners: March 17th, 2020


Marylee MacDonald

Marylee MacDonald the author of Montpelier Tomorrow, Bonds of Love & Blood, and The Rug Bazaar. Her fiction has won the Barry Hannah Prize, a Gold Medal for Drama, the Jeanne M. Leiby Chapbook Award, the Seven Hills Fiction award, and many others. A former carpenter with five grown kids, she splits her time between Tempe, AZ and Santa Rosa, CA. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking in the red rocks of Sedona, strolling through a redwood forest, or plucking snails from her tomatoes.

Book Details

Publisher Grand Canyon Press
Genre Literary Fiction
Publication Date Apr 17 2020
ISBN 9781951479954


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