Synopses & Reviews
Chicago playwright Chris Bower's debut collection of gloriously nasty, bleakly unhinged, and oddly compelling short stories marks the arrival of a truly original voice. Each page is lovingly illustrated by Chicago artist Susie Kirkwood and bursting with gorgeously unsettling tales of parents abandoning children out of spite, men sabotaging women out of love, and other oddments and ear worms.
Debut collection by Chicago playwright, humorist, and malcontent Chris Bower featuring stunning black-and-white illustrations by Susie Kirkwood on every page.
About the Author
Chris Bower received an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. Chris Bowerand#8217;s fiction and poetry has appeared in Another Chicago Magazine
, GetUnderground, Annalemma,
and The 2nd Hand. The Chicago Reader
calls his work "engrossingly grim" and his plays The Birthday Boy
received positive reviews from The Chicago Reader
, and Time Out Chicago
Susie Kirkwood is a graphic designer and shadow puppeteer. Her work has been featured in Newcity, How, Print, Choi's Gallery Magazine, The Die Line, Ninth Letter, MAKE, and Handmade Packaging Workshop by Rachel Wiles and she has performed all over the country.
Susie also owns a jam-making company, providing jam and preserves for local Chicago grocers and teaching canning classes around the city.