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Advance Praise for From Here :
The stories in From Here will take you by force, like “little bombs exploding in your back and stomach.” Their “dense, packed progressions” will devastate you, will absolutely “jackpot your heart,” and you will want to “stay really, really quiet” and “very, very still” until you feel stronger, or at least strong enough to “withstand a hurricane.” I am in love with these stories, the “pink-dark dusk” of the “living, breathing questions” they ask of us, and I am utterly and jaw-droppingly in awe of Jen Michalski’s tender and ruthless “love for the difficult.”
—Molly Gaudry, author of We Take Me Apart
Jen Michalski’s characters seem to breathe through the pages of this emotionally expansive collection. Each story is a world in which the reader will linger—not to seek refuge but to gain insight, and perhaps, find a kindred soul.
—Dawn Raffel, author of The Secret Life of Objects, In the Year of Long Division, and others
From Here slices at the myths of All-Americana and delivers instead heartfelt stories that mirror America’s contemporary epidemic of neglect—neglect of others and of the self. The desires of the main characters in From Here are invariably in conflict with the desires of their loved ones, and of their souls. This is a collection of brokenness that cuts, of characters desperately trying to clean up the mess. Unlike so many of these struggling but striving characters, however, Jen Michalski, the writer and the heart, knows what truly needs attention.
—Ethel Rohan, author of Goodnight Nobody
Oh to be Jen Michalski and conjure characters so real that your stories never truly end, each a novel-in-waiting. Readers must check their sentimentality at the door. Here there be monsters: fires, miscarriages, attempted suicides, abortions, dead rabbits, cancer, and a trip to Disney World. Reminiscent of Armistead Maupin’s work, From Here is a sometimes stark, totally honest, vivid collection of twelve stories featuring wounded, curious, lost, and hungry people, none of whom are poised to take over the world. Still, Michalski’s compassion, geographic palette (Baltimore, New Mexico, Southern Delaware, NYC), and exquisite details, makes me hope that somehow they all will.
—Richard Peabody, ed. Gargoyle Magazine
This is short fiction at its moody, character-driven best. The people you meet are so vivid and so sympathetic that their joys and sorrows will quickly become your own. I haven’t decided which is my favorite story, but I know my favorite line: “Good luck with your broken things.” Fantastic.
—Matthew Norman, author of Domestic Violets