Many Worlds: Some American Odysseys
by M. Kaat Toy
This brilliant collection of twenty short stories by prose and poetry writer M. Kaat Toy provides an entertaining yet poignant portrayal of life in America. It is also an exploration of contemporary work and social issues looked at through the lenses of society, culture, and geography. Readers will meet Sarah, who searches for coins in a laundromat on her way home from work; Claire, who wants only three things out of life: to live at the beach, to have blonde hair, and to be able to drink Cokes; Kim, confined to a wheelchair, who is having problems in school because of issues with her mother and caregiver; Christine and Philip, who have everything life can offer except the red leather cowboy boots they swindle from a friend; and Megan, who travels to Los Angeles from her home in Vermont to visit her dysfunctional family and dying grandmother. These are absorbing characters and plots that will lead readers to look a bit differently at the world in which we live.
FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
ISBN: 978-1-951651-57-2 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
Released January 2021 | Copyright 2021
M. Kaat Toy (Katherine Toy Miller) of Taos, New Mexico, has published a prose poem chapbook, In a Cosmic Egg (Finishing Line Press, 2012), a flash fiction book, Disturbed Sleep (FutureCycle Press, 2013), novel selections, short stories, flash fiction, prose poetry, creative nonfiction, journalism, scholarly work, and art. Her novel Madness with Grief with her illustrations is forthcoming (Livingston Press at the University of West Alabama, 2021). She is completing a book of prose poems with illustrations, Silences.
“M. Kaat Toy is a precocious storyteller. Her characters are both quirky and original, endearing themselves to the reader as they exasperate. . . . A terrific trick to pull off.”
“M. Kaat Toy writes about people in many worlds . . . with originality and incisiveness. . . . I admire her work very much.”
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