Dan Wickett at the Emerging Writers Network writes that Salt Publishing, which publishes about four short-story collections a year, is in dire financial straits. He’s calling on people–via a post by Tania Hershman–to support the press by buying a book from them. As Dan points out, it’s important for those of us who love the short form to support the presses that work to make it available.
I decided to pick up Hershman’s book, The White Road, since the description grabbed me:
What links a café in Antarctica, a factory for producing electronic tracking tags and a casino where gamblers can wager their shoes? They’re among the multiple venues where award-winning writer Tania Hershman sets her unique tales in this spellbinding debut collection.
Fleeing from tragedy, a bereaved mother opens a cafe on the road to the South Pole. A town which has always suffered extreme cold enjoys sudden warmth. A stranger starts plaiting a young woman’s hair. A rabbi comes face to face with an angel in a car park. An elderly woman explains to her young carer what pregnancy used to mean before science took over. A middle-aged housewife overcomes a fear of technology to save her best friend. A desperate childless woman resorts to extreme measures to adopt. A young man’s potential is instantly snuffed out by Nature’s whims. A lonely widow bakes cakes in the shape of test tubes and DNA.
A number of these stories are inspired by articles from science magazines, taking fact as their starting points and wondering what might happen if . . .? In these surreal, lyrical stories, many of which are only a few pages long, Tania Hershman allows her imagination free reign, as her characters navigate through love, death, friendship, spirituality, mental illness and the havoc wreaked by the weather.
I love science fiction, but I also love fiction that makes room for science. I’m looking forward to receiving my book.
Check out Salt Publishing’s Story Bank deal, too. After I get my book, I’m going to consider it.