Novelist Tayari Jones (Silver Sparrow, An American Marriage) calls Amanda Kabak “a writer to watch,” whose debut novel is “smart, funny, and heartfelt.” The Mathematics of Change features three women-identified characters at midlife who have engendered power for themselves in remarkably different ways — one with a popular social and minor academic celebrity platform, one as the kin-keeper of her family and community, and one as a successful and enigmatic engineer. All of their lives are at critical crossroads, their pasts and their futures intersecting in ways that create both drama and opportunity. Kabak’s novel explores the great fluidity of sexuality as well as the intersections of gender identity, emotional intimacy, and sexuality.
Amanda Kabak is the 2017 winner of the Chicago Review of Books Al-Simak Award for Fiction. She has had stories published in Midwestern Gothic, The Quotable, Perceptions Magazine, and other print and online periodicals. She was a recipient of the Betty Gabehart prize, issued by the Kentucky Women Writer’s Conference, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA from Pacific University and is a software architect in her other life.