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Front cover of You Belong to Us
You Belong to Us
On April 5, 1970, Molly McCaffrey was born in a Catholic hospital and given up for adoption when she was six weeks old. Nearly thirty years later, she met her birthmother who had spent the time since McCaffrey’s birth working at that same hospital, in that same ward—labor and delivery—wondering what had become of the baby she had long ago named Anne Marie. But something else occurred shortly after McCaffrey’s birth. Her birthmother married her birthfather. And together they had four more children, giving McCaffrey an entire biological family she didn’t know existed. A family that owned a biker bar. A family that karaoked together. A family that gave each other guns at Christmas. A family that she had virtually nothing in common with. You Belong To Us tells the story of McCaffrey’s attempt to connect and find common ground across that span of years as well as class and educational lines. The book follows more than a decade in the lives of her unconventional family and asks the question that lies at the heart of adoption: Do we belong to the people with whom we share our blood? Or do we belong to those who raise us?

Purchase You Belong to Us directly from the publisher at the Main Street Rag online bookstore or at the Barnes & Noble in Bowling Green, Kentucky. (Barnes & Noble in Bowling Green can also ship to your local Barnes & Noble for free!) 

 

Front cover of How to Survive Graduate School & Other Disasters
How to Survive Graduate School & Other Disasters is a collection of stories about everyone from graduate students to Girl Scouts, from teenagers to retirees. These stories are set in Cincinnati, New Jersey, Indiana, Baltimore, East Berlin, and Washington, D.C., but all of them have one thing in common: they are stories about surviving the disasters and dysfunctional relationships we all have with friends, family, and lovers.

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Front cover of Commutability: Stories about the Journey from Here to There
Commutability: Stories about the Journey from Here to There
It's safe to say that every trip changes us in some way. We learn something as we travel. We may have a visceral reaction to what we encounter—"I'll never go to your brother's house again!"—or an existential one—"When I get back I'm definitely leaving him…" And the relationship between the distance traveled and the magnitude of the revelation need not be direct. A walk to the grocery store or up a long flight of steps can change us just as much as a visit to a foreign country. What matters is that we do change. It's one of the basic signs of life. Sentient creatures move. Cancer cells grow. Things fall apart. The stories in this anthology of short fiction capture these changes with breathtaking emotion and clarity.

Purchase Commutability: Stories about the Journey from Here to There directly from the publisher at the Main Street Rag online bookstore.