6:30 PM, Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Star Line Books, Suite 106, 1467 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
From the Midwest Book Review to The Irish Times (Dublin), critics have praised A Woman Walked into the Bar, Linda Heuring’s recent collection of fifteen short stories. This collection is her most recent achievement in a literary career with recognition on two continents.
Ebenezer has a plane to catch and winds up at a Caribbean resort for the generously-figured. Marva is trapped by a pie safe at the bottom of her basement stairs. Mister Fisher hopes to cash in on his momma’s dog’s pedigree. Henry’s wife goes missing. Derwin gets blown up by bug foggers. Roger’s morning commute on the Metra takes him two stops closer to a confrontation. These are just a few of the characters in Linda H. Heuring’s 15-story collection, A Woman Walked into the Bar. The characters in these stories worm their way into your psyche. They don’t always do the right (or legal) thing, but they act for the right reasons.
Heuring, who lives in suburban Chicago, is a short story writer known for her character-driven narratives and her penchant for the overheard phrase. Her short fiction has appeared in Crack the Spine, Crannog (Ireland), Rosebud, Kestrel, Alabama Literary Review, Broad River Review, and Dos Passos Review, among other publications. She has been awarded the Fish International Short Story Prize (Ireland), the Rash Award in Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize (UK) among other honors.
A graduate of DePauw University majoring in English composition, Heuring has been a journalist, newspaper editor, marketing executive, and public relations firm owner. She has been writing full-time for the past 16 years.
Praise for A Woman Walked into the Bar
“This collection of stories is the work of a writer who has mastered the craft. It’s one of the best collections I have read in years. There’s not a bum story, not a bum line.”
— Clem Cairns, publisher at Fish Publishing, County Cork, Ireland.
“In this amazing debut collection, Heuring deepens our understanding of the shapes of grief, passion, and sacrifice, effortlessly revealing how we connect, depend on one another, and how our lives are intertwined beyond the cultures that have defined us.”
— Nancy Takacs, 2016 poetry winner of the Juniper Prize for The Worrier
“Character creation, vivid scene-setting, [humor] and authentic dialogue are some of the strengths of this excellent short story collection.”
— Brian Maye, The Irish Times
“Showcasing a genuine flair for narrative driven storytelling and the creation of truly memorable characters, author Linda Heuring's stories are original, unfailingly engaging, thoroughly entertaining, and inherently compelling.”
— Midwest Review
New Pages named A Woman Walked into the Bar an Editor’s Pick for new books from university and independent presses.
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