On the Rocks: A Novella

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Texas Review Press, 2018 - Fiction - 142 pages
Theodora Ziolkowski's novella tells the story of twenty-eight-year-old Eva, in grief from the death of her childhood best friend and lover Sebastian. After Eva agrees to be her eccentric mother's maid of honor, she finds herself swept up in events leading to her mother's second marriage--including a mother-daughter adventure at a New Jersey spa. Startling revelations spur Eva to come to terms with not only her grief but a secret that threatens, once discovered, to overwhelm her.

"My mother, Leonora Marino, was betrothed to the owner of a used car dealership called 'The Lemon Tree.' One unfortunate detail about her fiancÚ's claim to fame being that its office and lots were painted bladder-stimulant yellow. This meant it was only natural that upon crossing into The Lemon Tree's domain, you became senseless, pervaded by a wild urge to pee. I often noticed potential customers swaying as they waited to be assisted, bouncing on their heels; their general conduct derived not from impatience, but rather from an effort to disguise their discomfort. But perhaps my mother's soon-to-be-hubby designed the space precisely so the hooey of swapping countless tons of metal for the big bucks was done swiftly."

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About the author (2018)

THEODORA ZIOLKOWSKI's poetry and short stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Prairie Schooner, Arts & Letters, and Short Fiction (England), among other journals, anthologies, and exhibits. A Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets nominee, Ziolkowski was the winner of The Cupboard's 2015 contest for her short story chapbook, Mother Tongues.

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