Today is the Final Vinyl Day for the October Lucky 7 titles — All McCorkle, All Month. Get these Jill McCorkle e-books for just $1.99 before they turn into pumpkins (or just regularly priced e-books). And each one has a FREE preview chapter of Jill’s upcoming novel, Life After Life.
“It’s part of McCorkle’s gift as a storyteller how quickly we’re drawn into the world of her characters.” –Chicago Tribune
And Jill does draw us in with Final Vinyl Days, balancing between the outrageous and everyday life with the grace of an acrobat in her short story collection. Your e-book even comes with a bonus track: a FREE preview of the new Jill McCorkle novel, Life After Life.
When Jill McCorkle feels a short story coming on, she goes right ahead and “wastes” wonderful ideas instead of hoarding them for a novel. The result is another extraordinary collection of stories and characters.
In “It’s a Funeral! RSVP,” the storyteller is a woman who takes up self-styled “careers” that suit her circumstances. Now she’s stumbled onto one that’s so successful that she just can’t quit. It’s planning funerals, what she calls Going Out Parties, in which the clients are the soon-to-be-deceased themselves. In “Life Prerecorded,” perhaps McCorkle’s finest short piece to date, the pregnant narrator finds the real meaning of new life by visiting with a very old neighbor who’s waiting, too, for his own new life. In these and the rest of the nine stories, Jill McCorkle acts on her penchant for taming the outrageous, humanizing the forbidden, and grounding the hilarious.
“…if Proust grew up in the newly air-conditioned South, listening to Marvin Gaye and sneaking contraband cigarettes in the local graveyard, who knows, he might have produced tales like these… only McCorkle could shine a light into these dark corners of the human heart with such good grace and wit.” – Amazon