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Everywhere Stories
Short Fiction from a Small Planet
Twenty stories in twenty countries from twenty well-traveled authors
“Travel invigorates and enlightens, and so does reading. You don’t have to go to the Congo to gain an understanding of the challenges women face there. You don’t have to go to Costa Rica to learn about resentment toward fly-by evangelism. You don’t have to go to Iran to sample Persian culture and anguish. When it’s done right—as the stories in this anthology are—fiction can transport you and show you the essential details, the soul of a place. A fiction writer is like an archaeologist in that way, digging, brushing away what doesn’t belong and revealing what a casual observer—a tourist—might miss. Read the book. Explore the globe. But remember, it’s a dangerous world.” 
     —from the Introduction, by Clifford Garstang, editor
Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet
edited by Clifford Garstang

9 x 6 paperback, 234 pages
ISBN 978-1-941209-11-0
Table of Contents
Central African Republic: 
     Eggs, by Susi Wyss
     International Women’s Day, by Jennifer Lucy Martin
     The Boy with Fire in his Mouth, by William Kelley Woolfitt
     Following the Encantado, by Brandy Abraham

The Americas
     A Difficult Thing, a Beautiful Comfort, by Richard Ballou
     Rue Rachel, by David Ebenbach
Costa Rica: 
     Heathens, by Alden Jones
     The Money Pill, by Tim Weed
United States: 
     Disaster Relief, by D. Peyton Burgess

     The Ecstatic Cry, by Midge Raymond

     Visiting Chairman Mao, by Jocelyn Cullity
     When Stars Fell Like Salt Before the Revolution, by Jill Widner
     Comfort Me with Apples, by Rochelle Distelheim
     A Husband and Wife Are One Satan, by Jeff Fearnside
     The Art of Living, by Teresa Hudson

     Au Lieu des Fleurs, by Matthew Pitt
     In the German Garden, by Jay Kauffmann
     The Ring, by Marc Nieson
     The Widow’s Tale, by Joseph Cavano

New Zealand: 
     Jean, by Holly Painter

Midge Raymond comments on 
“The Ecstatic Cry”

This story was inspired by my own expedition to Antarctica many years ago, during which I realized that perhaps it’s not such a good idea for this fragile environment to receive as many visitors as it now does—tourism in Antarctica has increased from a few thousand travelers a year in the 1990s to tens of thousands today. I channeled my anxiety about what’s happening to the animals, the oceans, and the earth’s climate into the story’s narrator, making her a scientist on the forefront of what’s happening at the bottom of the earth—and along the way she became so much more than a cranky biologist.

Midge Raymond’s short-story collection, Forgetting English, received the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction and, according to the Seattle Times, “lights up the poetry-circuits of the brain.” Originally published by Eastern Washington University Press in 2009, the book was reissued in an expanded edition by Press 53 in 2011. Midge is also the author of two books for writers: Everyday Writing and Everyday Book Marketing. Her work has appeared in The Writer, the Los Angeles TimesTriQuarterlyAmerican Literary ReviewOntario ReviewBellevue Literary Review, and others.