Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Treating A Sick Animal

The cover is set...



Blurbs on the back

Timothy Gager's stories came at us like a brisk punch to the heart. His characters are profane and tender, dazed and confused, out of work and short on options. And yet they remain stubbornly vibrant, these damaged children of Bukowski, illuminated by their desires and inflamed by unreasonable hopes.

-Steve Almond
author of THE EVIL B.B. CHOW, CANDY FREAK, and NOT THAT YOU ASKED


Timothy Gager is a compelling and unforgettable writer. These bold and witty little stories limn the peculiarities, and sometimes alarming behavior, of our human species.

-John Sheppard
author of SMALL TOWN PUNK


As good an orator you'll find, Timothy Gager flashes a gleam in the eyes while carrying a slouch in the shoulders. His fiction connects to the giggling man as well as it does to the sad man.

-Matt DiGangi
editor, publisher and founder of THIEVES JARGON


This book is a trip-- or actually it is 40-plus quick and vivid trips into Timothy Gager's untamed fictional terrain. Sometimes surreal, sometimes all-too-real, these Flash Fictions always surprise. Fasten your readerly seatbelt, choose your own adventure and enjoy the wild rides.

-Elizabeth Searle
author of CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE and TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA


Timothy Gager’s flash fictions are full of flashes of insight into the great human predicament.

-Michael Kimball,
author of DEAR EVERYBODY



Some of the Stories and where they appeared:

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The Big Toe Review: “How to Care for a Sick Animal,”
Right Hand Pointing: “In and Out”
Thieves Jargon: “The Best Interest of the Child,” “Daddy,” “All because they had enough children,” “Coach,” “Punchless Jimmy Collins,” “FuTuReTube”
Long Short Story: “Hidden Hoboken
Twelve Stories: “Your Vasectomy Journal”
Trailer Park Quarterly: “What’s An Atheist Doing Behind the Wheel”
Not Just Air: “Jealousy,” “Someone will come upon a savior”
Tuesday Shorts: “Cheers to Sylvia Plath,” “Why Couples Have Pets,”
Mourning Silence: “Paying For It”
Zygote in my Coffee: “The Top of Grace’s Upper Lip,” “The things you do Remember,” “Canvas”
Poor Mojo’s Almanac: “Mother and Daughter,” “The Flounderer”
Penguin: “Searching for My Bukowski”
Dogzplot: “Coney Island is Dead”
Litsnack: “Vex”
The Smoking Poet: “This Really was Love”
Slurve: “Brophy is in the Air,” “Ferry Boat to God,” “The Cheeseburger and The Cherry Jubilee Flambé”
VerbSap: “Joeseph”
Letter X: “Through the Trees”
Silent Actor: “Just Dessert”
New Graffiti: “The Chicken Factor”
55 Word: “Graveyard Shift” as “Overnight Shift”
Scapegoat Review: “The Short Marriage of a Bride and Groom”
Skive: “You Did Not Hear the Ping
Word Riot: “A Tavern, 6 PM
The Askew Review: “Feed Your Head”  
971 menu: “How do you fix it?”

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