Attending virtual readings has become my new favorite thing, especially when the authors are reading their short stories from the new Furious Gravity collection. The book is phenomenal, with contributions from 50 DC-area women writers. Each story is top-notch. The editor, Melissa Sholes Young, did a fantastic job curating the pieces. I’ve been blown away by every story—and you know that doesn’t always happen in an anthology.
Furious Gravity IX
A Grace and Gravity Anthology
Edited by Melissa Sholes Young
Instead of the launch parties that were originally planned, we’ve moved online to share our stories and excitement. More than 80 people attended the first virtual reading, hosted by the Writer’s Center. The official launch party hosted by Politics & Prose had more than 100 attendees. The readings and discussion have been so much fun!
I’m thrilled my story “Driving Like a Boss” is included. It’s about an introverted mom, trying to advocate for her child in a hyper-competitive DC suburb. It also has a water-skiing dinosaur who would rather watch TV and eat ice cream. Silly on the surface, this story has deeper messages of motherhood and individuality. Several close friends and mentors also have stories included in the book, making it all the more special for me personally.
Check out the official Furious Gravity website, featuring spotlight articles on several of the contributors.
If you’re interested, you can get it on Kindle or purchase a real copy through Politics & Prose.
A recording of the fantastic Politics & Prose launch event is available here.
And here’s an article about the evolution of the Grace and Gravity series in the Washington Independent Review of Books by contributor Leeya Mehta.
Editor Melissa Sholes Young will discuss the book on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on Thursday, May 14 at noon.
I’d love to hear what you think of the book!