“Maizes’s precise prose crackles with humor, insight, and a big heart for her cast of memorable characters. WE LOVE ANDERSON COOPER marks the arrival of a vibrant new voice in American fiction.” Will Allison, Contributing Editor of One Story
WE LOVE ANDERSON COOPER, a short story collection, coming July 2019 from Celadon Books (a division of Macmillan).
In the collection, characters are treated as outsiders because of their sexual orientation, racial or religious identity, or simply because they look different. A young man courts the publicity that comes from outing himself at his bar mitzvah. When a painter is shunned because of his appearance, he inks tattoos that turn into living flesh. Cut out of her partner’s will and upper-crust world, a collection agent finds friendship and work with the philandering carpenter who fixes her floor. Bias against a young girl leads her to commit a horrific crime. A Jewish actuary suspects his cat of cheating on him with his Protestant girlfriend.
Humor complements pathos in the stories, and magic softens harsh realities. Readers will recognize themselves in protagonists whose backgrounds may not match their own because we’ve all been outsiders at one time or another.
Advance praise for WE LOVE ANDERSON COOPER:
“Poignant and seriously funny, WE LOVE ANDERSON COOPER is a collection that takes on all of America. Maizes directs her gaze at the topics of our times: religion, race, sexuality, sexism, classism, identity—a gaze that will cause a catch-of-the-breath both because of its honesty and its bursts of wry humor. The book succeeds at offering a fresh, nuanced perspective of seriously important subjects (today more than ever)—with sass, compassion, and wisdom. Whether on a therapist’s couch or at a bris, her characters are pondering the truth of Of Thee I Sing, and what that might mean for us right now, at this critical moment. I loved it.” –Laura Pritchett, winner of the PEN USA Award
“These stories are heartbreakers. Maizes’s characters lose what they love most, and long for what they can’t have, and grasp, in moments of exhilarating insight, their own limits. Such brutal, beautiful directness is a high-wire act; Maizes never puts a foot wrong.” Clare Beams, author of We Show What We have Learned
“In Maizes’s smart and generous debut collection, the subject is most often the relationship between reality and imagination. Her sharply-drawn characters remind us that reality is circumscribed not only by life’s quotidian, but by our own limited imaginations. Maizes turns her deeply compassionate eye on what it means to be human and reminds us all that our imperfections reflect our humanity, ‘and what could be more beautiful than that’?” –Karen Shepard, author of Kiss Me Someone: Stories
OTHER PEOPLE’S PETS, a novel forthcoming from Celadon Books (a division of Macmillan)