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Short Story Collection


The Famous Thing About Death

A palm reader startles a girl with, “You’ve never been old”; a demented father writes letters to Black Jack Pershing; two Indian boys soldier in WWI; an elderly ballerina escapes a rest home with the aid of an albino rock n’roll star and a child speaks to fish — these characters are hell-bent on the business of life.



“These are wonderful stories — passionate, fierce, reckless, and scrupulously written. Lisa Sandlin has a true heart and an unsparing eye.”

—Rick DeMarinis, author of The Art and Craft of the Short Story

“Thick with a variety of voices and personalities, this promising debut short-fiction collection marks Lisa Sandlin as a writer to watch.”

—Publishers Weekly 

The Bird Boys
The Do Right
USA Noir
Message to the Nurse of Dreams
In the River Province
You Who Make the Sky Bend
The Famous Thing About Death
Times of Sorrow Times of Grace
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