Book Launch! Mary Jones' THE GOODBYE PROCESS

Mon Aug 05 2024 at 06:00 pm to 07:00 pm UTC-07:00

Chevalier's Books | Los Angeles

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Book Launch! Mary Jones' THE GOODBYE PROCESS
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In her stunning debut short story collection, The Goodbye Process, Mary Jones uses her distinctive voice to examine the painful and sometime
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ABOUT THE BOOK
What happens when you are forced to let go of the things you love the most? What are you left with?

In her stunning debut short story collection, The Goodbye Process, Mary Jones uses her distinctive voice to examine the painful and sometimes surreal ways we say goodbye.

The stories--which range from tender and heartbreaking to unsettling and darkly funny--will push you out of your comfort zone and ignite intense emotions surrounding love and loss. A woman camps out on the porch of an ex-lover who has barricaded himself inside the house; a preteen girl caught shoplifting finds herself in grave danger; a Los Angeles real estate agent falls for a woman who helps him detach from years of dramatic plastic surgery; a man hires a professional mourner to ensure his wife's funeral is a success. Again and again, Jones's characters find themselves facing the ends of things: relationships, health, and innocence.

Arresting, original, and beautifully rendered, this story collection packs a punch, just the way grief does―knocking us off our feet.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mary Jones’s stories and essays have appeared in many journals including Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, Subtropics, EPOCH, Alaska Quarterly Review, Columbia Journal, The Hopkins Review, Gay Mag, The Normal School, Epiphany, Santa Monica Review, Brevity and elsewhere. The recipient of a summer prose fellowship from The University of Arizona Poetry Center, her work has been cited as notable in The Best American Essays and appeared in The Best Microfiction 2022. She holds an MFA from Bennington College and teaches fiction writing at UCLA Extension. Originally from Upstate New York, she lives in Los Angeles.

ABOUT THE INTERLOCUTOR

Mary Otis is the author of the novel Burst and the short story collection Yes, Yes, Cherries. Her fiction, essays, and poetry have been published in Best New American Voices, Tin House, Electric Literature, Zyzzyva, McSweeney’s, Bennington Review, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other journals and anthologies. She has taught fiction at UCLA and the UC Riverside Low-Residency MFA Program where she was a founding professor in the creative writing program. Originally from the Boston area, Mary lives in Los Angeles.

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