Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
WHAT WENT MISSING AND WHAT GOT FOUND
Short stories by Fatima Shaik
A love letter to the entertaining, unpredictable, and flawed characters who populated New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina, What Went Missing and What Got Found is a lyrical short story collection with undertones of the blues.
Set in a deep-rooted community, the book describes the inner lives of outsiders with humor and tenderness. There are religious zealots, day-dreaming musicians, failed romantics, and more a mute woman who believes that the photos of starving children in the newspaper are speaking to her, a man who mourns the loss of his true love while being accused of her murder, and an old couple who spends their last night together as flood waters rise around their bed.
SILVER THREADS: 25 YEARS OF FICTION FROM XAVIER REVIEW
Edited by Thomas Bonner, Jr., Robert Skinner, and Richard Collins
A collection of 15 stories chosen from the first 25 years of Xavier Review, the creative writing journal of Xavier University of Louisiana.
With stories by Jim Addison, Alvin Aubert, Robin Beeman, Lucille Bell, Fred Chappell, Andrei Codrescu, Mary Queen Donnelly, Zdravka Evtimova, Roger Jones, David Madden, Robert Morgan, Marc Schiffman, Fatima Shaik, Dabney Stuart, and Dana Wilde.
TURNING UP THE VOLUME
Creative nonfiction by Patrice Melnick
A poet and essayist describes her joys and sorrows during twenty years of living with HIV in this funny and sometimes poignant memoir. Melnick describes in quick, bold strokes the minutia of arranging furniture, buying swimsuits, eating, dating, not dating, getting married while living under the shadow of potentially life-threatening illness. Running throughout the story is her life-long love of music, country, blues, pop, zydeco, a constant friend and companion that soothes, consoles and celebrates with her the ultimate joy of living.