Magical and funny, profound and seductive, the linked stories in True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape explore the life-bending power of love. In these interwoven lives, ardent desire meets a keen sense of reality deep in the heart of progressive California. When Sadie opens a funky bookstore in Santa Cruz, she is swept off her feet by Daniel, a true-blue romantic--athletic, bookish, from Santiago, Chile. Their connection is heady and erotic, and it echoes through the love lives around them: from Harry Houdini's first encounter with the widow Winchester to the threatening intimacy between a wife and her brother to a grumpy teenager who inspires her divorced parents. Years later, when Sadie and Daniel take an overdue trip to Paris, their blended family doesn't blend so well, sending them back to rediscover their roots. In these interconnected lives, the desire for passion is as strong as the desire to escape, and the terror of claustrophobic connection competes with the deepest human yearning. A funny, intoxicating look at the complexity and simplicity of embracing and running from love. By the award-winning author of What Becomes Us.
The Los Angeles Times called Micah Perks’ first novel, We Are Gathered Here (1997, St. Martin’s), “a woman's manifesto...a tightly woven story that is as fanciful as it is grimly real.” Her memoir, Pagan Time, came out in paper in 2009 from Counterpoint, has been translated into Korean, is an audio book from audible and will come out in Spanish through Kachina Ediciones in 2018. In 2010 The San Francisco Chronicle listed it in Best Summer Reading and Adirondack Life listed it as Adirondack Required Reading. She’s published short stories and essays in Zyzzyva, The Massachusetts Review, Tin House, OZY, Kenyon Review on-line and Epoch, amongst many others, and her stories have been anthologized in The Encyclopedia Project, Viz Inter Arts, The Best Underground Fiction, Santa Cruz Noir and others. You can find several of her stories on audible.com. Five of her stories have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. She has been given multiple residencies at The Blue Mountain Center and received a Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts grant. She won an NEA, The New Guard Machigonne Fiction prize and other prizes for her novel, What Becomes Us. Micah lives with her family in Santa Cruz California, where she co-directs the creative writing program and is a professor in the Literature Department at University of California, Santa Cruz.
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Monday, October 15, 2018 - 7:00pm
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South Hadley, MA 01075
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