Synopses & Reviews
In her debut collection, winner of the 2014 Moon City Short Fiction Award, Cate McGowan introduces us to a passenger manifest, an assortment of characters voyaging through loss and salvation. The book's title borrows from Melville's Moby Dick: "It is not down on any map; true places never are." McGowan's characters are off the chart; they venture into wondrous worlds as knotty and distressing as the places they aim to leave.
In her debut collection, Cate McGowan introduces us to an assortment of characters, a passenger manifest voyaging through loss and salvation. The book s title borrows from Moby Dick It is not down on any map; true places never are. McGowan s characters are indeed off the map; they venture into wondrous worlds as knotty and distressing as the places they aim to leave.
In prose highlighted by moving observations and vivid imagery, McGowan s characters represent an unusual hodgepodge of everyman children, men, and women who inhabit different eras and countries, all sharing the need for deliverance. They populate the aftermath of tragedy. Deeply affecting and varied in tone, the nineteen stories in the collection are a colony of laundromats and the Louvre; of mule pulls and boxing rings; of Georgia red clay and cobblestones.
In this collection, true places are indeed hard to find, yet hope is every person s traveling companion. In True Places Never Are, McGowan reminds us that wherever you are in the world, redemption might not be far away."
About the Author
Cate McGowan is an award-winning fiction author whose novel, True Places Never Are, is forthcoming in 2015. She's been anthologized in W. W. Norton's Flash Fiction International, and she's contributed to many magazines and literary publications, including Glimmer Train, Louisville Review, Moon City Review, and Vestal Review, and the English fashion magazine, Tank. Cate's also been an editor for the Louisville Review and SFWP. Named a top college professor on Ratemyprofessors.com, Cate teaches writing in Florida.