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)


I have been placed, the heart of me, back in this system I know. I feel its contours and the blood that rockets through this body like angry wasps. I know its pulse and every echo that spreads through this lake. But it does not know this heart. It may reject it, foreign invader, demand the imposter shrivel, briefly glimmer, a candy wrapper on the side walk. It waits for a familiar pulp of muscle, a spark.

Baltimore, so familiar and so unfamiliar. Charming and charmless. I knock the holes, the pegs until we rattle together again, a rebuilt jalopy, tenuous contacts sparking

enough to get us through the winter.

It's going to be a tough first day, but I will get through. Even this keyboard feels wrong. But soda tastes good again. Everything will begin to taste like itself again, or I will get used to its taste.

I finished The Tide King in the two weeks I was at Hambidge and also wrote 50 pages of a new novel, Rabbits Singing. I guess I should feel successful, but I am incomplete in some way. I am here, home, waiting for the transplantation to take.