From the teenagers who witness a tragedy at a carnival to the twins who run the
local ice cream parlor, each of the eleven linked stories in Patricia Ann McNair’s debut
collection intimately reveals the passion, shame, longing, and despair simmering beneath
(and sometimes boiling over) the stoic surfaces of the residents of New Hope, a
Midwestern Anytown, in the richly evoked 1970s. A child of the Midwest, McNair is
currently an associate professor in the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College
Chicago. Refreshments will be served.