"Writing is a hard way to make a living but a good way to make a life." -Doris Betts
Author Page: Traci Chee
Consonant Sounds for Fish Songs by Traci Chee
Released August 30, 2012.
Press kit available here. Purchase from the Publications & Store page.
Traci Chee is a freelance writer with a degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Her work has most recently been published by The Big Stupid Review, ABJECTIVE, and Prick of the Spindle. She likes fish and ships.
About the Collection:
Consonant Sounds for Fish Songs is a collection of seventeen short stories that explore the border between what you know and what you can’t explain. These characters inhabit a world where turning into a fish is the only sensible solution to loneliness and the search for God is conducted through amplifiers and tape decks. Drawing on the traditions of Borges and Calvino, this collection portrays real-world problems that manifest in bizarre ways.
When a boy’s father dies, his heart turns into a hollow stone with a singing crab inside it. A madwoman gives birth to a bastard son who walks on water. A man lost at sea recites poetry and song lyrics, hoping his wife will hear and come rescue him. These stories are about death, God, and love, and they are connected by motifs of fish and music that resonate throughout the collection, transforming what you read as you read it. Because fish are signs of both life and death, and music is for joy and mourning and monsters alike.
Press kit here.
Interviews, Excerpts, & Press
A review in Switchback
An interview in Toasted Cheese
A review in Toasted Cheese
A review in Burning River
Advance Praise for Consonant Sounds for Fish Songs :
One of the best things a writer can do is to make you see anew. In story after story, Traci Chee takes on the big stuff—God, loss, fear, love—and turns it a different hue. When you finish the last story, you’ve found again your kaleidoscope vision and astonishment at your own existence.
—Nina Schuyler, author of The Painting