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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)

Queen of the Nighttime Cheese

Mostly, I get great ideas for stories from dreams. For instance, my novella May-September came to me fully formed in a dream, as did bits of "Dogs Days" and a few other stories. But sometimes even I am horrified by what my brain comes up with. Last night, for instance. Often I think of songs in my dreams, although I'm not a musician. Some are pretty cool; most I forget. I am trying hard to forget the faux-Kiss song I dreamed of last night, whose chorus was King/of all the rice in China (not sung to "King of the Nighttime World") while shopping for baby clothes for a baby shower in a three-floor Toys 'R Us who recently decided to pull their baby clothes line because they weren't marketable (really? I bet that CEO still gets a bonus).

Anyway, here's hoping its mention will be a purging of sorts. Or maybe you can make me feel better and share some of your embarrassing nocturnal moments. (In dreams, in dreams!)