I am excited to tell everyone that my friend, Phaye Poliakoff-Chen, a writing instructor here in Baltimore at Goucher College, just published a book of short stories. I became engrossed in the vignettes from this book. We can see bits of ourselves in her characters…..and feel compassion. In The Javon, a middle aged woman sits in a hospital room in an ordinary vinyl waiting room chair beside her dying father. Her thoughts, her reveries, could be ours. Her characters remind me of Anne Tyler’s or Joyce Carol Oates’ characters: they are kind, awkward, good, reticent, quirky, down on their luck, and decent.
I highly, highly recommend this book. It’s available on Kindle and hardcover. I hope to have her do a reading with the book club!