And an excerpt from a review by Brenda Peynado at Wellesley Magazine: “The book, itself a work of art, asks, ‘Where is the soul located?’ The stories point back to ourselves, our hearts, our stomachs, and respond, ‘Everywhere.’”
Susan McCarty’s Anatomies continues to wow critics and readers–it was on the November/December SPD bestseller list again and recently reviewed by Kelsie Plesac at Blotterature: “The stories, impressively diverse, are woven together by one thing: they cannot seem to shake their theme of the body, particularly pertaining to illness and injury. These intimate and personal themes get at the human truths of fear and triumph, and leave the reader as infected as each of the characters.”
Susan also did an interview at Blotterature, wherein she talked about her current project, working with Carissa at AP, and how to best approach the ups and downs of writing.
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 NewPages.com and order your copy of Anatomieshere!
Susan McCarty wason 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.
“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.
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.
Dear readers, Susan McCarty’s debut collection, Anatomies, is only two weeks away!
Garnering praise from Kirkus Reviews and Esquire, you shouldn’t need another reason to order a copy—but just in case you do, watch the book trailer below, then head over to the presale page! Incentives and presale prices valid through Sunday, June 14!
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 Anatomieshere!