We have been absolutely spoiled this summer working with Amy Shearn and Peggy Shearn on The Little Bastard, their late grandmother/mother’s novella which we will publish this fall (pre-orders begin September 2014). We cannot wait to share this wonderful story with you but until then, how about some advanced praise?
“Every writer creates messages in a bottle. I’m glad Frances Schutze wrote this story and I’m glad Amy Shearn rescued it. This is the past when it had the tang and tension of the present. I love these families caught up in the innocence of a summer just before everything changed forever.”
Kevin Fenton, author of Merit Badges and Leaving Rolling stone
“The Little Bastard transports you instantly to its time and place – the summer of 1940 in The Gardens, a New Deal public housing project in St. Louis – through Betty, a charming narrator whose wisecracks are worthy of Myrna Loy in one of her best roles. Evocative, hilarious, and quirky, this yarn of a tale about an imaginary pregnancy in a tight-knit community of family-oriented bohemians will have you musing about just how much life has changed in the last 70 years – and how little.”
Stephany Aulenback, author of If I Wrote a Book About You
Anchor & Plume’s open reading period begins August 1. Polish those manuscripts! Details here.
We are currently reading for Kindred’s fall/winter issue. The theme for this issue is gathering. Send in your best photographs, poetry, and prose by midnight, August 31. Details here.