Our audio series "The Authors Read. We Listen." was hatched in a NYC club during BEA back in 2012. It's a fun little series, where authors record themselves reading an excerpt from their own novels, in their own voices, the way their stories were meant to be heard.
Today, Alice Kaltman is reading “Her Giant Sequoia” from her collection Staggerwing. The excerpt is part of a series of micro-fictions called “The Honeymoon Suite”, four related stories, all taking place in the same hotel room with different characters at different times. Staggerwing was recently published by Tortoise Books . Her work can also be found in Hobart, Joyland, Whiskey Paper, and Storychord among other fine literary journals, and in the print anthologies "On Montauk" and "The Pleasure You Suffer". She lives and surfs in Brooklyn and Montauk, NY. Give her a shout out on Twitter and check out her website. It’s kinda pretty.
Click on the excerpt below to begin listening:
The word on Staggerwing:
This irresistible collection of stories brilliantly skewers the close-to-rich and not-so-famous of 21st century America. With keen yet kind perspective, Kaltman revels in the triumphs and travails of misfit trophy wives, psychic hotel maids, jilted bridegrooms, show tune-singing security guards, and assorted other oddballs. Always balancing her sharp eye with a soft heart, Kaltman ensures that this collection isn't just funny, but memorable and lovable as well.