Worm Fiddling Nocturne in the Key of a Broken Heart

stories by Kimberly Lojewski


A RUMPUS BOOK CLUB SELECTION (AUGUST 2018)

Release date: September 18, 2018
Paper // 200 pgs // $16
ISBN: 978-1-941681-71-8
LCCN: 2018935967
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“Stories pulsing with imagination and incarnate joy… Lojewski too, as Padgett Powell said of Barry Hannah, has her ear to the oracle hole in the ground.” –JEFF PARKER, author of Ovenman

“Channeled through the swampy terrain of fairy tale and folklore, these stories of misfits and runaways will open and break your heart by their searing and unsentimental honesty.” –JAMES BROCK, author of Nearly Florida

In this wildly imaginative debut collection, whimsical fairy tales of princesses and farm girls turn dark, and dark tales of mistreated sideshow freaks turn whimsical. An itinerant marionette falls prey to a lusty mesmerist. An alcoholic camp counselor is haunted by her dead best friend. A juvenile delinquent languishes in a boot camp run by authoritarian grandmas. Be they human monsters or reluctant moth-girls, the outcasts that populate these eleven compelling stories all long for escape, community, acceptance, and self-discovery.

Kimberly Lojewski is a native Floridian. She has an MA in English from Florida Gulf Coast University and an MFA from University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Poet’s and Writer’s Program. Her stories have been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes, and have appeared in PANK, Drunken Boat, Gargoyle, and elsewhere. Her story “Baba Yaga’s House of Forgotten Things” won a 2013 Best of the Net Award.

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