“Jen Michalski’s second novel is an intense emotional commitment, but a worthwhile one.” – Ploughshares
“Jen is an astonishingly sensitive writer.” – HTML Giant
“Jen Michalski excels in subtlety that is made possible by her nuanced understanding of voice.” – The Rumpus
“Jen is a writerly heavyweight.” – Nate Brown, American Short Fiction
“We’re lucky to have Michalski before the rest of the world discovers her. But they will.” – Baltimore City Paper
New Essay: But I'll Be Dead by Then
My paternal grandmother had a saying, perhaps a premonition, albeit not a very good one. Whether a family member speculated on the events of the future, say marriage, grandchildren, graduation, a trip to the grocery store, my grandmother would reply with the utmost confidence, “But I’ll be dead by then.” Belying odds and statistics, my grandmother spat out this prediction for at least 20 years before time came to make good on it. Perhaps it was more of a mantra, daring death to rob her of those milestones dear to her life. Or maybe she just thought the Michalskis were lazy and needed the impetus of her demise get things done.
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