From Wonder Woman as an angst-ridden teenager to ghost twins to monster catfish to the secret relationships between polygamous wives, the stories in What You Are Now Enjoying approach the familiar in unfamiliar ways, allowing us to recognize and claim the unordinary moments in our own often ordinary lives.
from Autumn House Press, www.autumnhouse.org
“The smart, funky, well-turned stories in What You Are Now Enjoying keep the reader not just guessing and leaning forward but in a perpetual state of wonder. Sarah Gerkensmeyer is an original, a sneaky sorceress of a storyteller.” — Stewart O’Nan, The Odds: A Love Story, Songs for the Missing, Last Night at the Lobster, Snow Angels, among many others
“Gerkensmeyer’s voice is legitimately one-of-a-kind, and What You Are Now Enjoying is the work of a deviously entertaining mastermind. Just when you peg this book as delightfully eerie and coy, it will serenade you with bursts of lush humor, real sorrow, and honest warmth. A hypnotic debut from a young writer who’s going to be around for a long, long time.” —Patrick Somerville, This Bright River, The Universe in Miniature in Miniature, The Cradle, Trouble
“These stories are dark and fantastic, full of danger and humor and heart. Gerkensmeyer’s world is distinct and vibrant and haunting–filled with characters whose longing rings with truth and familiarity, inducing in her reader a physical ache. What a remarkable and unforgettable collection.” —Aryn Kyle, Boys and Girls Like You and Me, The God of Animals