Praise for Crosscurrents and Other Stories
Gerry Wilson's stories are about the essential tugs between desires: for safety or risk; for adventure or comfort; for sanctioned action or the indubitably un. Her characters are in mortal combat, most often with themselves. This is a very exciting and compelling collection of stories; I loved reading it.
–Antonya Nelson, author of Funny Once: Stories
What electric, wild passages, these stories by Gerry Wilson! I always wondered what lurked behind the pink fence at the Wild Animal Park. How I longed for seating in that tattered, empty Italian restaurant with its ancient candles and bombastic opera! And the women, the men here, their flaws, their loves, their excruciating valences, their delicate choices! Eleven circuits crackling with life await you.
–Steve Yates, author of the Juniper Prize-winning Some Kinds of Love: Stories
Gerry Wilson's vivid debut collection tackles a vast array of human experiences: death, birth, love, abuse, parenting, infidelity, youth, and aging. Rich with metaphor and dark symbolism, Crosscurrents shows women fighting the undertow of their tragedies with wisdom and sincerity.
–Erika Krouse, author of Contenders
What a dazzling debut collection. Gerry Wilson’s spare, lucid prose and inventive story design illuminate the secret truth that, even within the loops and tangles of relationships and family, all of us are strays, wild, fragile, and hungry. These stories explore losses and the discoveries loss impels, yet Crosscurrents is, above all, about connection—never easy, often found where least expected, but giving life surprising grace.
–Lynne Barrett, author of Magpies
A seventh generation Mississippian, Gerry Wilson grew up in Pontotoc. For more than twenty years, she taught English and creative writing to high school students. Now retired, Gerry writes short and long fiction. Her short stories have appeared in numerous journals, including Good Housekeeping and The Crescent Review. “Mating,” the first story in Crosscurrents, won the Prime Number Magazine Award for Short Fiction in 2014. In 2015 she received a Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship.