The Story I Tell Myself about Myself
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..".Layden gives readers a collection of unforgettable and superb flash fiction. The stories are...so superbly written and expertly crafted that they feel richer and more complex than most full-length novels...Slippery, secretive, and sensual, Layden's short fiction is simply magical."
-- Dan Grossman & Laura McPhee for NUVO.net
"The Story I Tell Myself about Myself by Sarah Layden is a wonderful assemblage of pure storytelling genius. These fifteen stories are by turns heart-wrenching, funny, and deliciously surprising. Layden is a deft, intelligent writer at the height of her powers. Read this book, then seek out everything else she has written."
--Kathy Fish, author of Wild Life
"Sarah Layden's excellent new chapbook is sleet and ice cracking. It's ducks, boots, candles, and comets. It's phone calls and packages; ham salad and ovulation. It's so many things all pulled together with the strong, confident pen of Sarah Layden. These stories dwell in leaving and loss, displacement and memory. Layden lets the world in, breathes the world out. Join her."
-- Sherrie Flick, author of Thank Your Lucky Stars
"Loss and disappointment permeate Layden's stories, often fantastical allegories...we feel it, too, in the straight-shooting family narratives...Either way, the dead-on characterization grounds the reader...There is something familiar in Layden's stories, and it stings."
-- Thea Swanson, author of MARS and The Curious Solitude of Anise