A dramatic departure from contemporary chick-lit, Waiting for Spring is a moving novel about a real woman struggling to find her place in the world.
Waiting For Spring takes readers beyond the Maine tourists know, beyond lighthouses and lobster and rocky beaches, and drops them instead into a rural town whose citizens struggle with poverty and loss, yet push onward with stubbornness and humor.
“R.J. Keller’s Tess is rough-edged, whipsmart, beaten down and indomitable. She’s real. You can get your arms around her.” Craig Lancaster, author of 600 Hours of Edward
“Keller nails Mainers to their core. You’ll never forget Tess Dyer.” Christopher Smith, author of The Fifth Avenue series
Pretty Much True… – Kristen J. Tsetsi (Sept. 4, 2012)
Pretty Much True…, with the early days of the Iraq conflict as the background, drops readers into the grit of war many aren’t aware exists. Several perspectives – from a young adjunct-turned-cab driver, a Vietnam veteran, a war-averse soldier, a hippie downstairs neighbor – whether delivered with humor, sarcasm, sincerity, or in a sputtering rage, offer uncommon insight into the lives of those touched by war. Literary fiction inspired by the author’s experience.
“A powerful novel with wonderful echoes of Vietnam and our country’s tortured response to that war.”—Paul Griner, author of The German Woman
“Tsetsi reveals herself to be the rare sort of writer who can satisfy both emotionally and intellectually. Pretty Much True… is a moving novel whose emotional and intellectual complexity demands much of the reader but offers much more in return.”—Small Press Reviews
Lust, passion, displaced anger, guiltless selfishness, the love of real life, and domestic confinement.
Stories in this collection include Pushcart Prize-nominated “They Three at Once Were One,” fiction prize winner “Becoming an Oates Girl,” and fiction prize winner “Burn Everything but the Heart.” Short stories and microfiction–some previously published, some appearing here for the first time–come together in a series of fearless illustrations of the darker things that make us human.
“There isn’t a bad story in the bunch. These are real people…and they hit the page with a subtle vengeance.” – Cheryl Anne Gardner, POD People