Chain Linked: Stories

Chain Linked: Stories

by Michelle Blair Wilker


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The human heart: you can’t live with it, and you can’t live without it.

We are bound together and yet broken apart, like a chain link fence.

We yearn for connection’s kinship and mourn its losses; it is the fabric of our existence and what drives us. The agony of lost love, the hollowness of an absent family member, the cute guy on the basketball court that you just can’t muster up the courage to say hi to. A summer trip to Montauk. A night out at a salty dive bar. A foghorn in the distance, sipping a sweet drink. Emptying the fridge, packing up the old condo. Listening to Grandpa’s corny jokes. Wondering if life as a prep school art teacher meant anything. Getting even with your older brother. Haunted by Havana’s vacant casino high rises and ancient automobiles, dreaming of pizza in Rome.

Chain Linked chronicles life’s joys and discontents in vivid detail and gives us a window into our souls.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682615898
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 3.00(d)

About the Author

Michelle Blair Wilker is a Los Angeles-based writer and producer. Her work has appeared in Across the Margin, Whistlingfire, Hollywood Dementia, and The Huffington Post. She was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s November 2012 contest for new writers and was short listed for the Fresher Writing Prize in 2015. In 2017, she attended DISQUIET: Dzanc Books International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, and was featured in The New Short Fiction Series in Los Angeles. TV producing credits include Stand Up to Cancer and The Grammys.

Table of Contents

Backburner 9

Last Glimpse of Fred 15

Mac 27

That Day at Bergdorf's 34

Manolos and Gas Fumes 36

The Host 45

The Madness of Fireflies 53

Diamond in the Rough 61

Wink, Click, Swipe 72

Civil Twilight 76

Perfume Vengeance 84

Muted Splendor 93

The Reluctant Spectator 105

Putrid Petrie's Funeral 110

The Assistant 118

Alice 126

Landlady of the Flies 132

Chain Linked 143

Acknowledgments 151

About the Author 153

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