How to Walk on Water and Other Stories
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Author: Rachel Swearingen
Publisher: New American Press (2020)
How to Walk on Water and Other Stories presents stories that bristle with menace and charm with intimate revelations. An investment banker falls for a self-made artist who turns the rooms of her apartment into eerie art installations. An au pair imagines her mundane life as film noir, endangering the infant in her care. A down-on-his-luck son moves in with his elderly mother and tries to piece together the brutal attack she survived when he was a baby. Swearingen takes us from Chicago, Minneapolis, and Northern Michigan, to Seattle, Venice, and elsewhere. She explores not only what it means to survive in a world marked by violence and uncertainty, but also how to celebrate what is most alive.
"Rachel Swearingen is a writer of extraordinary range and talent, wholly sui generis. Her sense of humor is fresh and wonderfully off-kilter, and her understanding of the contradictions of the human heart is profound."
"Buckle up and prepare to be haunted, moved, and to laugh when you'd least expect it."
"A beautiful and timeless collection full of mystery. [. . .] Swearingen's assured voice, styled with lyrical noir, cuts through like a howl heard in the night."