“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, coming July 2019 from Celadon Books (Macmillan).
In this quirky, humorous, and deeply human short story collection, Pushcart Prize-nominated author R.L. Maizes reminds us that even in our most isolated moments, we are never truly alone.
In We Love Anderson Cooper, 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 learns to ink tattoos that come to life. A paranoid Jewish actuary suspects his cat of cheating on him—with his Protestant girlfriend.
In this debut collection, humor complements pathos. Readers will recognize themselves in these stories and in these protagonists, whose backgrounds are vastly different from their own—we’ve all been outsiders at some point.
OTHER PEOPLE’S PETS, a novel forthcoming from Celadon Books (Macmillan)