by Katie Lewis
Publication date: September 5, 2017
Genre: Single Author Short Story Collection
Paperback: ISBN-13: 978-1-925417-38-8
ePub: ISBN-13: 978-1-925417-39-5
Kindle ASIN: (to come)
Pages: (to come)
From a dog pack paddling against the floodwater current to a drunken St. Louis bar proposal and a PTSD-fuelled confrontation, CHEERS, SOMEBODY travels the Midwest as a houseguest to relationships in flux.
In this 16-story collection, the 3 a.m. run-on ramblings of a Tourette syndrome sufferer in “Night-time faces” show the slinking wall shadows and paranoia that keep the woman struggling for inner emotional connection. A man sells his final belonging, his wife’s piano, to a Craigslist couple in “For sale.” And an innocuous boy who likes a self-conscious girl points out Orion’s Belt in the pockmarks on her upper thighs, calling them stars, in awe.
CHEERS, SOMEBODY examines how interactions affect Middle Americans—what rises up out of us to evaporate and what’s left as rubble beneath, living as a ghost among characters before zipping up and out when the story concludes.