A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts is a collection of stories, rooted in the
Midwest and cultivated in the Deep South, for those of us who suddenly
find ourselves tourists in our own lives.
Reminiscent of the work of Lorrie Moore and Jill McCorkle, this ten-story
collection features the sweetly offbeat love story “Jubilation, Florida,”
where two highly unlikable people share dairy products, and “The
Faithful,” a funny yet tender story about a family torn apart by their beautiful
mother, Kitty, who will not give up her coyote fur or cat’s-eye sunglasses
for anything. We also meet landlocked mermaids and a twisted
Camp Fire Girl troop who will do anything to sell the most P-Nuttles in
history. The collection offers four new stories, including the riotous “The
Last Rites,” featuring Zimmer, a rock idol who “had always wanted to be
buried in his 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible” and is not disappointed.
Kelby’s stories have appeared on National Public Radio’s “Selected
Shorts,” on NPR’s CD Travel Tales, and in New Stories from the South: The
Year’s Best, 2006.