“In Murmurations, Andrea Rinard puts on full display the sheer range and craftsmanship of her writing. These are stories of and about girlhood and womanhood, the dangers and discoveries, the secrets and betrayals, and the things we trade for love. Within these works, Rinard is formally playful and inventive, as seen in “U-Pick” and “To-Do List,” employing fragmented and breathless paragraph structures, while also employing mythical, magical, and speculative elements. There are lines and images here so sharp and rich and surprising they stopped me in my tracks: An old man who resembles “a melting candle where he leans against the wall.” A woman who’d been taught “never to leave the house without lipstick or shame.” The “language” of murmurating starlings. A strong collection of beautifully written, memorable stories, Murmurations is not to be missed.” — Kathy Fish, author of Wild Life: Collected Works
EastOver Press is proud to announce the publication of Murmurations, Andrea Rinard’s debut collection of flash and micro fiction.
In the twenty-six short stories within Murmurations, Rinard introduces an eclectic array of women attempting to claim their own space and to find meaning in the extraordinary mundanity of moments large and small. Stark, spare, sometimes surreal but always illuminated with honesty, these stories are at once amusing and infuriating, comforting and heartbreaking, and always familiar.
In this collection, Rinard explores the art of literary distillation, packing whole worlds into few words. Sometimes ordinary, other times other-worldly, the myriad topics addressed by these small stories leave a big impression.
“Murmurations fills the reader’s mind with an aching silence often shattered by the slamming of lockers, the cracking of hearts, and the shouts of the too often ignored. In these stories, you find “the hard corners” of moments broken free from the monotony by fierce women characters who are brimming with life and vigor. Rinard commands our full attention, each story a perfect bauble of distilled life full of smells and truth, a sensory experience that soothes and challenges us from the first page. Rinard doesn’t make it easy to look away from these characters with her clear and resonant prose. In Murmurations, she illuminates our secrets and feeds them back to us one sparkling event after another. If you want to feel something, to see the world again in all of its glory and heartbreak, start reading this book! — Tommy Dean, author of Hollows
“Here are truths, big and small, about what it is to be a woman and a girl and sometimes a little bit of both. Andrea Rinard expertly plucks the key moments of her characters’ lives and presents them to the reader like tiny, tough, perfect offerings. Life and death, carnations and ashes, love and loss, sirens and hamsters, it’s all here. Rinard’s prose is as sure-footed as it is wise, and this collection makes it clear that she’s a writer to watch.” — Amy Shearn, author of Unseen City and other novels
Rinard was an award-winning high school English teacher before becoming a student in the University of South Florida’s MFA program where she teaches composition and creative writing. Her flash and micro fiction have been featured in such places as X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine; Cease, Cows; The Jellyfish Review; and the Short Story Today podcast, and her work has been nominated for Best of the Net and Best Small Fictions. She won the 2020 Key West Literary Seminar’s Marianne Russo Award for a novel in progress. She’s currently working on her next project, a novel steeped in the history of her native Florida where she lives with her 1988 prom date. Visit Andrea online at www.writerinard.com.
Murmurations ▪ Andrea Rinard ▪ Released June 6, 2023
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