Closer to Home: The Author and Author Portrait

From Terence Byrnes’s living room, one can hear a breadmaker churning away in the adjacent kitchen. As we settle down to talk, the promise of homemade, whole wheat bread hums like a metaphor for the imminent launch of Closer to Home: The Author and the Author Portrait. In this beautiful collection published by Véhicule Press, […]

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Mother Superior

The wounded characters in Mother Superior, Saleema Nawaz’s debut short fiction collection, wander the author’s smooth narrative landscapes like so many potential talk show guests. They include a nun-like lesbian devoted to her straight, Baby Duck swilling, pregnant roommate; a mother of three, tormented by marital jealousy and guilt-stricken over a kitchen fire that badly […]