If anything's going to save the characters in Amelia Gray's debut from their troubled romances, their social improprieties, or their hands turning into claws, it's a John Mayer concert tee. In AM/PM, Gray's flash-fiction collection, impish humor is on full display. Tour through the lives of 23 characters across 120 stories full of lizard tails, Schrödinger boxes and volcano love. Follow June, who wakes up one morning covered in seeds; Leonard, who falls in love with a chaise lounge; and Andrew, who talks to his house in times of crisis. An intermittent love story as seen through a darkly comic lens, Gray mixes poetry and prose, humor and hubris to create a truly original piece of fiction.
Amelia gives an overview of the book:
Good morning, John Mayer Concert Tee! I’m happy to see
you survived the night. I know that I said my vespers before
I pulled the covers up over my lips and nose to minimize
the mosquito exposure. I looked to my dresser in the dark
and added a silent refrain that you, John Mayer Concert Tee,
would emerge, unscathed, from that land of broken windows.
That your soft-pilled black poly blend, proudly emblazoned
with the two-tone visage of Mr. Mayer himself, would not be
spirited away. It is morning, John Mayer Concert Tee. I have
a series of problems that cannot be solved.
Amelia Gray is a writer living in Austin, TX. Her writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, DIAGRAM, and Caketrain, among others. She is the author of AM/PM, published by Featherproof books, and Museum of the...