ANATOMIES reviewed at NewPages!

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Susan McCarty’s Anatomies has received glowing praise from NewPages! The first and last paragraphs from Katy Haas’s review:

“If bodies are temples, Susan McCarty is an expert demolitionist. In Anatomies, McCarty breaks these temples down, rips through drywall and flesh, tears sexuality and humanity from their hinges, and leaves behind the barebones, the nervous system, the warm, buzzing electrical impulses buried beneath the exteriors of the temples housing her characters. 

Anatomies is not a collection for the reader who doesn’t want to get their hands dirty. McCarty invites us to pick up a sledgehammer alongside her and give it a swing—to break down the walls of her characters while tunneling through our own deconstructed temples where we might find the things we’ve hidden or forgotten in ourselves. So go get your hands dirty, reader. Break your temple down.”

You can read the full review at and order your copy of Anatomies here!

Dolan Morgan’s “Interior Design” read by Wyatt Cenac on WNYC!

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The recording of Dolan Morgan’s funny and exacting story, “Interior Design,” at Public Radio International’s Selected Shorts is finally available to hear at!

Alongside work by Joe Meno and Anne Enright, Wyatt Cenac reads “Interior Design,” a story about love and furniture and “domestic life with a twist,” followed by a brief interview with Dolan about the genesis of the story and how he approaches his work.

Susan McCarty on Delmarva Public Radio

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Susan McCarty was on Delmarva Public Radio talking about Anatomies!

Topics covered: the genesis of the collection, medical history as fictional form, being scarred or “pierced by the world”, reading during eras of disconnection, finding communities of writers despite geographical constraints, how to humanize reality television, experimental fiction, narrative as accumulation, James Baldwin, and writing short fiction vs. writing long fiction.

Head over to the WFMT site to hear the full interview, and if you haven’t already, order a copy of Anatomies now!

ANATOMIES reviewed in Publishers Weekly!

Anat_cover_excerpt_rgb_webPublishers Weekly on Susan McCarty’s Anatomies:

“McCarty’s characters often show poor judgment and make bad decisions, but her affection and sympathy for them is never in doubt….McCarty’s deft blend of drama and humor always rings true; there’s not an out-of-place moment in this resonant collection.”

You can read the full review here, and pick up a copy of the collection here.

Release party for ANATOMIES


Dear DC-area readers, in light of the past two days of good news from SCOTUS, let’s change that old adage to, “Good things come in threes.”

On that note, we hope you’ll join us at The Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan on Monday, June 29 at 7pm to celebrate Susan McCarty’s debut collection, Anatomies! Susan will read alongside Matthew Kirkpatrick and Caren Beilin, and there will be much to celebrate indeed.

Can’t wait to see you there!

ANATOMIES reviewed in Esquire!

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Susan McCarty’s debut collection received a glowing write-up in Esquire!

“Judging from the wry observations in McCarty’s first short story collection, the author seems like the type of person who would laugh at a funeral–which is a compliment. As McCarty reveals, what’s funny is funny, what’s sad is sad, and personal moments that pang are often both.”

Read the full review here, and don’t forget to order your copy of Anatomies here!