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, Jen Grow reads from her debut collection My Life as a Mermaid, and Other Stories. The collection was winner of the 2012 Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition. She is the Fiction Editor of Little Patuxent Review. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Writer's Chronicle, Other Voices, The Sun, The GSU Review, Hunger Mountain, Indiana Review and many others including the anthology City Sages: Baltimore. She's received two Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and her stories have earned nominations for Best New American Voices and a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Baltimore with the artist Lee Stierhoff and their zoo of cats and dogs.
Click on the soundcloud link below to hear her read from the collection:
The word on My Life as a Mermaid:
This stunning collection introduces an important new voice in American fiction. The characters—among them a suburban wife, an alcoholic mother, two homeless men, and an injured veteran—grapple with being voiceless and feeling trapped.
*lifted from goodreads with love