Chapbooks

The Death of Carrie Bradshaw
Chosen by Antonya Nelson for the
2011 Kore Press Short Fiction Contest
Rubia
Chosen by David Huddle for the
2011 Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award
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Read a review of The Death of Carrie Bradshaw in Her Circle.

“By turns thrilling, tender, surprising, and hilarious, King reveals a spellbinding psychological portrait, the complexities of the relationships that define our lives, and their potential to make us come undone.”

Patricia Engel, author of the PEN/Hemingway Award finalist Vida

The Death of Carrie Bradshaw is a story full of humor, insight, an act of god, and a great cast of major and minor characters. A rarity in short fiction, it manages to feel uplifting at closure without one unearned moment. A treat.”

Antonya Nelson, contest judge, author of Some Fun, In the Land of Men, and Bound

“Patricia King shows us a character haunted by the past and coming to terms with the complicated present. Smart, empathetic, and humane, this is a terrific debut by a writer with a very bright future.”

Alix Ohlin, author of The Missing Person, Signs and Wonders, and Inside

Rubia is so deftly and subtly written and so smart about so many topics—soccer, youth, language, race, culture, love, and the sexes—that to read it is to feel secretly wise about the world.”

David Huddle, contest judge, author of Paper Boy, Glory River, and Nothing Can Make Me Do This

Rubia is a launchpad for Patricia King’s vibrant and poetic voice. It wonderfully captures the beauty and turmoil of Central America, the pull of exoticism, and the tribal tug of one’s own culture.”

Dominic Smith, author of The Beautiful Miscellaneous and Bright and Distant Shores

“Vivid, beautiful, very smart. Rubia is both playful and heartbreaking.”

Christine Sneed, author of the Grace Paley Award winner Portraits of a Few of the People Who’ve Made Me Cry

You can buy both chapbooks at Sandmeyer’s Bookstore in downtown Chicago, too—and support a fabulous local bookstore!