This collection of two
novellas showcases Jen Michalski’s varying skills as a writer. In “I Can
Make It to California Before It’s Time for Dinner,” Michalski examines
the dangers of living in a world while having a compromised reality. In a
first-person narrative, the reader follows Jimmy, a mentally challenged
fourteen-year-old boy who accidentally kills a neighborhood girl. He
winds up running away and hitching a ride with a trucker who is not as
trustworthy a companion as Jimmy believes him to be.
In “May-September,” which won first place in Press 53’s Open Awards in 2010, a young writer is hired by a much-older woman over the summer to help blog her memoirs for her grandchildren. An unlikely friendship, and more, follows, as Michalski examines one of the last cultural taboos of our age: May-December romances. Michalski is also the author of the novel THE TIDE KING (forthcoming, 2013 Black Lawrence Press) and lives in Baltimore.
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