3 Micro Incisions: Excerpts from Jayne Martin’s ‘Tender Cuts’

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Fiction by Jayne Martin

Tender Cuts

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Image: Vine Leaves Press. (Purchase)

Prom Night

A Lobster Walks into a Laundromat

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JAYNE MARTIN is a Pushcart, Best Small Fictions, and Best Microfictions nominee, and a recipient of Vestal Review’s VERA award. Her debut collection of microfiction, Tender Cuts, is available from Vine Leaves Press and all major booksellers. For reviews and interviews visit her website. Twitter: @Jayne_Martin. Facebook: Jayne Martin-Author.
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If Joy Williams and Raymond Carver had a love child that was often left in the care of Lydia Davis it might grow up to be Jayne Martin. Martin’s writing evokes the literary DNA of those who have influenced her most, while in a style and voice that is uniquely her own. In these 38 tiny tales, everyday people do their best to manage the wounds life inflicts on all of us: A six-year-old beauty pageant contestant strives to please her demanding mother; a woman marries a 1985 Buick LeSabre; in a laundromat bored wives fall under the romantic spell of a lobster; a grown woman is still being fat-shamed by her deceased mother via a Ouija board; a widow carries her husband’s ashes around in baggies. With pathos and humor, these and all of the characters in this collection will speak to the reader’s own wounded heart.

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

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The Coil

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

Alternating Current Press

Written by

Indie press dedicated to lit that challenges readers & has a sense of self, timelessness, & atmosphere. Publisher of @CoilMag #CoilMag (http://thecoilmag.com)

The Coil

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

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