An immersive third collection from an author whose work has been hailed as “exceptional,” “extraordinary,” “uncanny,” and “refreshing, compelling, and moving.” Urban is a “great storyteller” who writes “almost unbearably lovely prose.”
Misty’s award-winning short fiction has appeared in international and national journals in print and online, in several anthologies, and in three acclaimed collections. A Lesson in Manners • The Necessaries • Married, Living in Italy Other Short Fiction ROSWELL:
Misty holds a Ph.D. in Old and Middle English Literature from Cornell University and has published articles on medieval romance, medieval women, world literature, and European history. Her scholarly books focus on monstrous women like the legendary half-fairy, half-snake Melusine.
Misty Urban wrote her first story at age 5 for the benefit of her younger sister. It was, sources say, a rather conventional piece involving cats, mats, and possibly bats (the work is no longer extant). Her next venture, a journalism/reportage
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What unites the unlikely protagonists in these daring and utterly unique short stories is their search for refuge. Whether the escape is real, like leaving the country, or like Lonnie in the title story who’s only telling people she livesRead more
Praise for MARRIED, LIVING IN ITALY:
"Urban demonstrates once again that she is a keen observer of the human condition, a skillful wordsmith who writes with powerful clarity, and an absorbing storyteller who commands your attention. The people and their stories stayed with me long after I finished the last page."
"Written with Urban's beautifully crafted sentences, these stories are about what matters in all of our lives—losses of loved ones, losses of dreams. Urban's stories depict how we struggle to cope with the losses that shape the rest of our lives."
"Urban delivers a collection of short stories that entice the senses and primes the reader for an exotic experience. Her imagination roams far afield and supplies new twists to familiar settings. . . By challenging the reader with shifting landscapes, Urban uncovers the resilience of human nature and offers hope."
“This author has an uncanny ability to explore relationships, love, and loss in a fresh and original way.”
Publisher's Weekly starred review of A LESSON IN MANNERS