Springtime on Mars

Springtime on Mars

by Susan Woodring
     
 
Bees swarm. A president is assassinated. A young mother is electrocuted in her own basement. A space shuttle vanishes. One couple is struck by sudden wealth, another by lightning. An older woman obsesses over a bag boy at the local supermarket. People everywhere watch the sky for signs of intelligent life on Mars and covert Russian space missions. The television era

Overview

Bees swarm. A president is assassinated. A young mother is electrocuted in her own basement. A space shuttle vanishes. One couple is struck by sudden wealth, another by lightning. An older woman obsesses over a bag boy at the local supermarket. People everywhere watch the sky for signs of intelligent life on Mars and covert Russian space missions. The television era begins, and the Vietnam War ends. Ranging from the 1950' to present time, the stories of Springtime on Mars feature characters who grapple with the human extremes of despair and hope, holding faith in both God and science, and in the love and courage of those around them.

Editorial Reviews

Andrea McMann
Over and over again, I've heard that it takes more talent to write a short story than a long novel. It makes sense: you have a limited number of words with which to tell a story, which forces you to cut to the heart of matters very quickly. Every word counts. Knowing this, I have to say that Susan Woodring is an excellent writer! The short stories in Springtime on Mars (Press 53, February 2008) are brilliantly written, and manage to capture very believable snapshots of American life...
Lisa Munley
Springtime on Mars by Susan Woodring is a short story collection filled with intensely personal domestic situations of quiet desperation. There are 11 stories, set in the 1950's until the present day, loosely connected by recurrent themes of science and technology, marriage and relationships, love and loss.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981628004
Publisher:
Press 53
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(d)

Meet the Author

SUSAN WOODRING is the author of a collection of stories, Springtime on Mars, and two novels, The Traveling Disease (Main Street Rag, 2007) and Goliath (forthcoming from St. Martin's Press). She is the winner of the 2006 Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Fiction Award and the 2006 Isotope Editor’s Prize. Her short fiction has appeared in Surreal South, Slower Traffic Keep Right, Yemassee, Quick Fiction, turnrow, Passages North, Ballyhoo Stories, The William and Mary Review, and Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing.

Susan lives in North Carolina with her children and her husband.

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