Meg Tuite, Lined Up Like Scars (2015)

Meg Tuite, Lined Up Like Scars (2015)


Meg Tuite, Lined Up Like Scars (2015)

  • Lined Up Like Scars is published as an A5-sized chapbook.
  • It is the second in a series of chapbooks of quality flash fiction published by Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press.

Sassy and incisive, tender yet scalpel-sharp, the ten short tales in Lined Up Like Scars cut to the quick of modern life, dissecting the dysfunctional dynamics of an American family with a tragic secret at its heart. Meg Tuite traces girlhood, young womanhood, and the jealous loyalties of sisterhood through a series of ‘magpie moments’ that are often darkly funny – featuring inedible meatloaf, sloughed skin, mysterious boy-bodies, insurgent underwear, speed-dating with attitude, the street-stomping antics of a wannabe band, and an unnerving collector of American Girl dolls. But the comic coping strategies of children (licking walls, ingesting gym socks, humping stuffed animals) have chronic counterparts in those of adults (alcoholism, prescription drugs). And in the final story, an ageing father reveals a truth that his daughters will forever conceal behind Facebook façades.

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Meg Tuite’s writing has appeared in over three hundred literary periodicals, including Amsterdam Quarterly, Berkeley Literary Review, Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review, Epiphany, Monkeybicycle, Perceptions Magazine, Psychology Today, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Superstition Review. She is author of two short-story collections, Domestic Apparition (San Francisco Bay Press, 2011) and Bound By Blue (Sententia, 2013), and the short collections (fiction and poetry) Disparate Pathos (Monkey Puzzle Press, 2012), Reverberations (Deadley Chaps Press, 2012), Her Skin Is a Costume (Red Bird, 2014), and Grace Notes (Unknown Press, 2015). She won the Twin Antlers Prize for collaborative poetry from Artistically Declined Press for the collection Bare Bulbs Swinging (2014), written with Heather Fowler and Michelle Reale, and has been twice finalist in Glimmer Train’s short-story competition and nominated nine times for the Pushcart Prize.

Meg teaches flash fiction at Santa Fe Community College, New Mexico, is fiction editor at Santa Fe Literary Review, and is a columnist for Connotation Press and the online literary journal jmww.

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