Comprised of 40 short stories, this collection will shows the full force of Giorgio's flexible literary muscle. There are characters who choose to live with an iguana instead of a spouse, who use their lunch hours to seek out dead birds for burial in a private back-yard cemetery, who buy new answering machines and find existing messages, and much more. From light to dark to funny to serious to change-your-life to change-the-world, these stories will leave you mesmerized and satisfied. The majority have appeared in literary magazines, but there are a few never-seen-before that will only appear in this collection.
About the Author
In Kathie’s voice, you’ll hear the sharp R’s of her St. Louis origin, and the elongated O’s of northern Minnesota, where she spent her childhood. But mostly, you’ll hear Waukesha, Wisconsin, where Kathie has lived since 1976, and which she loves. Husband/writer Michael Giorgio, and teenage daughter, Olivia, who just finished writing her first novel, fill Kathie’s life with words. There are three thirty-somethings from Kathie’s first marriage, and an amazing three-year old granddaughter. Giorgio’s short stories and poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Fiction International, and Harpur Palate, among others. She was nominated for the 2014 Write Well Award, the Million Writer Award, for the Best of the Net anthology, and has been interviewed in Poets & Writers. She’s the director/founder of AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop, an international creative writing studio.
Praise for Kathie Giorgio's work
"Kathie Giorgio’s fiction is eminently worthy of a wide audience."—Harold Jaffe
"Kathie Giorgio's stories are remarkable, if not terrifying, in their range; there's humor here, but also horror, and the results are often unsettling, but never, ever ordinary." —Liam Callanan
"Kathie Giorgio is fearless in her subject matter. In Oddities and Endings, Giorgio skillfully and realistically explores the minds of society’s most unusual, most broken people. No background is too dark, no future too hopeless, no present too raw for Giorgio’s deft hand. This collection will bring hours of thoughtprovoking, uncomfortable reading pleasure." --Larina Warnock
"Don’t be fooled by the expository style or simple, direct language in Kathie Giorgio’s short stories. A closer look reveals hints of sadness and longing just below the surface as she explores meaningful connections between characters, some conventional-parent/child; teacher/student—and others rather unexpected—child/storybook; owner/pet iguana. Throughout the collection, Giorgio subtly demonstrates her characters’ changing perspectives on these evolving relationships, forcing us to consider our own." —Katie Budris