Body Language: Twelve unforgettable portraits of heartbreak and desire

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Grand Canyon Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.5 inches | 0.72 pounds

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About the Author
Marylee MacDonald has taught fiction writing and literary editing for the Piper Center for Arizona State University, and she has been Writer-in-Residence for the City of Mesa Public Library. Her books have won the Jeanne M. Leiby Chapbook Competition, been an INDIEFAB Finalist for FOREWORD REVIEWS, and earned a Gold Medal for Drama from Readers' Favorites.

"MacDonald reads the room in each story and sees not just the postures and worn shoes of their inhabitants, but also their inner states. Throughout this collection, she builds many such rooms for her readers to survey, populated by people whose body language speaks volumes. The fictional worlds are fully fleshed-out, and the stories' wide-ranging premises and subtle endings yield a sense of wonder."--Kirkus Reviews

"Wry, heartwarming and richly dramatic, these stories reach across decades, from troubled young adulthood to precarious old age, and reaffirm what remains human and vulnerable in all of us."--Tara Ison, author of Child Out of Alcatraz and Reeling Through Life

"MacDonald's profound insight and compassion are triumphs of this indelible collection of stories."--Lynn Sloan, author of This Far Isn't Far Enough and Principles of Navigation

"...a literary, psychologically engrossing series of portraits of individuals who, in different ways, stand at the crossroads of change..."-- Diane Donovan for Midwest Book Review

"We are human, we all feel love, fear, sadness, bitterness and no one can escape these, no matter how hard we try not to step into that bear trap of pathos. It is my fervent belief that anyone who reads this book may possibly be healed of some sort of trauma. I know that it helped me deal with some of my own familial problems."--Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorites

"These stories paint a picture of the human condition of wanting to love and be loved on many levels--self, romantic, platonic, and familial."--Gabriella Tutino for US Review of Books

"...unforgettable portraits of people crossing out of hopeless suspension into vulnerable hope and tender communion."--Kevin McIlvoy, author of Little Peg and The Fifth Station

"MacDonald's savvy understanding of human relationships, and her vibrantly poetic prose, make for riveting stories you can't put down and must pause at length between, imagining what came before and what comes next."--Richard Lemm, author of Shape of Things to Come and Burning House