Jen Michalski

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You'll Be Fine (2021; NineStar Press)

"An enjoyable story about an adult trying to grow up"
Kirkus Reviews

Selected, "Best Books We Read This Year (2021)”— Independent Book Review

Coming Soon

The Company of Strangers
(2022; Braddock Avenue Books)

A Shower of Summer Books

I've spent the summer reading The Stories of John Cheever, mostly on the beach. Some other memorable beach-reading experiences:

Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead: When I was seventeen, I was really taken in by the whole objectivism thing, as most impressionable youths are, I guess. Thankfully, my critical thinking skills improved in college.

Vincent Bugliosi's Helter Skelter. I read this sometime in college, maybe the summer between my freshman and sophomore years. I could only read it in the daylight because it scared the crap out of me.

May Sarton's A Shower of Summer Days. Another summer read during college. My memory is a little hazy on this one, although I do remember subtle lesbian undertones.

William Somerset Maughan's The Moon and Sixpence: Loosely based on the painter Gaughan's life. Not technically a beach read, but I read it when visiting Put-in-Bay, Ohio, one of the little islands off Lake Erie.

Katherine Anne Porter's Oh Immortality:
I read this last summer while visiting friends in Myrtle Beach.