Ramshackled...and 26 other New England women's small tales (2016) by Mignon Ariel King
Ramshackled is a novelette about Allie, an emotionally troubled African- American woman who has been damaged by a lifetime of loss. Allie works her way back to her community with the help of her Great Aunt Nina's spirit and an old house that is in need of some TLC.
Rosebud... is a collection of 26 microfictions about 26 very different New England women who are all restructuring their inner and outer lives.
This is TTC Publisher Mignon Ariel King's first collection of stories. The setting of all 27 stories is King's beloved ancestral home, New England.
Jason Wright is the editor and founder of Oddball Magazine. He has been published in the Somerville Scout, Fox Chase Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Stone's Throw, Somerville Times, and other publications. In 2014 was selected to read "Strong as the Boston Skyline" at Boston City Hall's tribute to survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing. Oddball Magazine was featured at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in 2014, and Wright has read at the Cambridge River Festival for four consecutive years. He was given a Certificate of Achievement from former Poet Populist of Cambridge Toni Bee and the English Department Award of Achievement from Bunker Hill Community College.
Wright studied under Lloyd Schwartz at UMass Boston as well as Joe Torra. He earned a Literary Publishing Certificate in 2010 from Gian Lombardo, Editor/Founder of Quale Press. He is a regular at the Stone Soup Poetry Series in Cambridge and can also be found every Tuesday in his column "Jagged Thoughts" at www.oddballmagazine.com.
Creative and intellectual social misfits come together to form an alternative multicultural community in Massachusetts after two of them fall in love in this historical faction novella. The book is King's first work of fiction, loosely based on what might have been.
The old-fashioned yet free-spirited Beantownie Emmie may have found her prince. Too bad she wasn't looking for him! Tech wizard and visual artist Mark Moon grew up surfing beaches in California while yearning for a traditional relationship. Did fate bring this odd couple together years after a brief but intense friendship? You decide.
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"Mignon Ariel King’s 'faction' novella, A Concrete Wish is colorful in its descriptions and rich in its language. The main character, Emmie, is both rocker chick and intellectual. She is a native Bostonian whose outlook on life is a delight to read. The story is basically a love story, where the protagonist has no plans or dreams for a relationship, but finds herself in one after all, which enriches her life, as she does the same for those around her. It is also a coming-of-age narrative, where a group of friends matures through their relationships and tribulations. The story touches on issues of cultural diversity and sexuality, art and technology. Boston is also a character in this book, placing the story firmly within its history and culture. However, I think the strong suit in this book is its depth as it involves the reader in relationships, those of lovers and of friends, through poetically-written, rich and colorful imagery." ~ Lori Desrosiers, author of The Philosopher's Daughter
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