Press 53 . PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130-0314
Winner of the 2014 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction!
The Seven Stages of Anger
and Other Stories
by Wendy J. Fox
8.5 x 5.5-inch paperback, 124 pages
Wendy J. Fox holds an MFA from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers and has contributed to numerous literary journals, including Washington Square, The Missouri Review (online), The Madison Review, PMS poemmemoirstory, The Tusculum Review and ZYZZVA. Her non-fiction was included in Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey (Seal Press), a #1 English-language bestseller which was recommended by National Geographic Traveler and featured on The Today Show. In 2011, she was selected for Dzanc Books’ Emerging Writers Network short story month. The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories is her debut collection and is the first winner of the Press 53 Award for Short Fiction.
Praise for The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories
“What happens when a still life speaks? Wendy J. Fox invites us to eavesdrop. These beautiful, lyrical stories describe ordinary lives: speckled eggshells, creeping vines. Here’s the threat of fire out east and endless rain when the map meets Seattle. Here are characters so real you know them already. They’ve misplaced your keys and borrowed your car.”
— Carol Guess, author of Darling Endangered and Doll Studies: Forensics
"Wendy J. Fox's prose is strong and fragile at the same time. As she explores in these stories the hairline fractures in our relationships with life, ourselves and each other, you can't help but hold your breath for the big break you know is coming. The eggshells of everything? Fox owns the category."
— Anastasia Ashman, editor of Tales from the Expat Harem
Wendy Fox’s stories capture a world of grit, sunlight, heat, love and lust—a fully Western world as spare, arresting and luminous in its details as the prose she uses to describe it. Populated with memorable, deadpan characters—wry, likable for their hidden strengths and never entirely unhopeful despite whatever hard luck they face—her stories often spin on metaphors so richly extended that their complexity takes on a life and force of its own. The end result is a vision as sharp, imaginative, full of longing and illuminated in poetry as any I’ve recently read. A fantastic debut and great new voice on the scene!
— Gregory Spatz, author of Half as Happy
Cover artist Stacy Ann Young has been creating art for over twenty-five years, which has evolved from colored pencil to her current medium of digital creations, blending photography with digital manipulation and photo blending. She lives near Portland, Oregon, in the ever-inspiring Pacific Northwest and is currently working on a number of exciting art projects.