Books to Check Out
FROM TICKENOAK PUBLICATIONS...
HAPPY HOUR: Stories
Tickenoak Publications, 2014
* Runner-up, Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award
* Finalist, Mary McCarthy Prize for Short Fiction
"Tales of family and aging comprise this affecting new collection...Baker convincingly enters each protagonist’s head, and even as their minds drift, each story remains propulsive, moving forward... Baker...populates her stories with many struggling artists — such as a talented poet who 'never seemed to get anywhere.' If literary struggles lead to work like this, it’s worth it. A moving, ambitious story collection. "
-- Kirkus Reviews
"Often these are older characters contemplating death, which may not appeal to some, or be commercial, but the people were so wise and funny, I hated to leave this book."
-- Judge, Flannery O'Connor Award
"Each story here is perfect for an afternoon or evening read, and the author’s skill lies in creating characters that, despite the understated way she writes, stay with you long after you’ve finished. In fact, it may be the very understated, wry nature of her writing that makes these stories memorable."
-- The Barnstable Patriot
"Those are really fine stories you have written. I never in a million years would have thought that I could develop a soft-spot for tree-huggers."
-- Ehud Neor, Blogger, neorupdate.blogspot.com