Cathryn Hankla will discuss her collection of stories
Fortune Teller Miracle Fish
Thursday, March 3 at 5:30 PM
A mentally challenged teen in a coma, a WWII veteran weighing his beliefs, an intersexed man anticipating a relationship, a single woman who has kissed far too many frogs, and a first grader suffering at the hands of a family friend. These are just a few of the unforgettable characters in Fortune Teller Miracle Fish, an innovative collection of stories from award-winning novelist and poet Cathryn Hankla. The figures in these stories struggle toward more truthful expressions of themselves, as outsiders whose dilemmas, emotions, and desires make them unmistakably human. As varied as they are vivid, they strive for closer connections of love and community. Through humor and understanding, Hankla intrepidly navigates the transitions that define them—unplanned pregnancy, divorce, death, and gender change, to name a few. Acutely attuned to her subjects’ inner landscapes, Hankla captures the full spectrum of human experience, from childhood to old age, with heart, rare skill, and nerve.
“The precise language and memorable images will beg that you slow down so as not to miss a single twist or turn. Beautifully written, masterful and moving.” — Jill McCorkle, author of Going Away Shoes and Carolina Moon
“Cathryn Hankla’s compassionate, intelligent stories shine with original metaphor and precise language … Every word, every pause, every sentence counts in Hankla’s beautiful and surprising new book.” — Valerie Miner, author of Abundant Light and The Low Road
Cathryn Hankla is the author of eleven books of poetry and fiction including Last Exposures: a sequence of poems, Texas School Book Depository: prose poems, and the novels The Land Between and A Blue Moon in Poorwater. Her short fiction has appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Missouri Review, Gargoyle, and Mid-American Review, among other journals and several anthologies. She’s Professor of English at Hollins University and Director of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing. She also edit poetry for The Hollins Critic.