Synopses & Reviews
In this wholly original work, a barmaid grapples with the irreconcilable tensions in her work and personal life. At work, she s torn between taking orders and keeping order. At home, she confronts the limits of a service ethos as exemplified by her failed marriage. Marguerite, the barmaid s daughter, has a thing or two to say on the subject, for she, like her mother, is trying to create an instruction manual for understanding her own broken experience. Meanwhile, cocktails, barwares, and other bartenders chime in with their own points of view.from Cracked Ice: When I return, I ll come in clapboard, stainedchestnut, with lead-based paint on radiators, old fashioned, and a little bit insanebut sturdy to a fault. A spalting grainon punky myrtle and no refrigeratorwhen I return.
"When Julie Sheehan takes the lyric poem out for a few drinks, everyone winds up talking fast and loose. The lush, agreeably-out-of-style cocktails who take the stage in . . . [pull] the reader through this artful, wry, and unlikely book's tales of hearts on the rocks and hearts surviving."--Mark Doty
"Nearly knocked me off my metaphoric stool."?--Diann Blakely,
About the Author
Julie Sheehan is author of three collections of poems, including Orient Point, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize and Bar Book. A NYFA Fellow in Poetry, Sheehan has also won the Paris Review Bernard F. Conners Prize for Poetry, the Poetry Society of America Robert H. Winner Memorial Award, and the Whiting Writers Award. She lives on Long Island, New York, and teaches in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.