Synopses & Reviews
The Language of Sharks is about girls eager to discard their innocence, and women yearning to regain it.
A college girl named Jenny admits she is in an abusive relationship, and acknowledges her own complicity. A career woman looks back on her dubious past, and her confession to a prospective lover leaves no doubt about her guilt. From the Miami hooker to the suburban housewife, all the protagonists search for meaning in their troubled lives.
At times humorous, at other times heart-wrenching, these stories document the ways in which we survive, often in spite of ourselves.
The author of the standout Sweet Fire, Pat MacEnulty lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Florida Arts Council.
The women in these stories long for fulfilment in lives that are defined by their relationships with men, drugs, guilt and families. Some achieve the freedom that they long for, but for many it is only when they have reached rock bottom that they are able to make their way back up again.
MacEnulty's portrayal of life in small town America has an honesty and depth of emotion that mark her as an outstanding new writer.