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Could You Be With Her Now ~ Yes or No?
March 8, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Could You Be With Her Now

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.

Is this a book that would make your to read list?


  • Bleacheddecay
    March 8, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    As a rule novellas are not long enough to be satisfying for me. It would be very rare for me to pick up this book. I'm not loving the story lines as outlined either.

  • Dabberdoo
    March 8, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    I agree.  I'm not into novellas.  The longer the better as far as I'm concerned.  Even if a plot sounds fascinating, I skip it if I see its a novella.

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