Go Home Faster

January 28, 2014

Devra’s doorway looked the same as it had before Keira’s funeral – shadowy and silent, while a bulb like a floodlight fronted every other house on the block. I almost tripped ascending the porch steps, and I thought perhaps I would fix them for her.

Gemma Cooper-Novack’s story “Home Repair,” an excerpt from her novel-in-progress Go Home Faster (first published in our Fall 2013 issue) is now available to read on our website. This web feature also includes a recording of the author reading the work, which explores gender, race, and coming-of-age with humor, pathos, and grace. If you want to read more (and we think you will), another excerpt, “Mars,” was just published in Elsewhere, a literary magazine about place.

Gemma is a writer, writing coach, and educator living in Boston. Her work has appeared in Hanging Loose, Aubade, Euphony, the Saint Ann’s Review, Rufous City Review, Blast Furnace Review, and Lyre Lyre and is forthcoming in Amethyst Arsenic and Spry. Her plays have been produced in New York and Chicago, and her article on writing coaching and disability in higher education, co-written with Eileen Berger, appeared in the NASPA Knowledge Communities Publication. Gemma intends to travel to all seven continents before she turns forty.