SKATING ON THE VERTICAL by Jan English Leary '72
In SKATING ON THE VERTICAL, author Jan English Leary ’72 serves up sixteen stories on the human condition: estrangement and intimacy, illness and recovery, loss and redemption.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Jan English Leary’s writing deftly offers insight into the disappointments and beauty of human love. In her new collection of sixteen stories, Skating on the Vertical, Leary writes about individuals who face the challenges of infertility and parenting, estrangement and intimacy, illness and recovery, loss and redemption. At the end of the stories, the characters emerge, sometimes broken, sometimes stronger, always changed.
PRAISE FOR SKATING ON THE VERTICAL
“Each of the sixteen short stories gets at something a little bit harder than the last, a little bit deeper, a little bit something more for the characters to push through. The thing that makes each story so beautiful is the humanity with which Leary brings the characters to us.…a lyrical work of art that grabs your heart at every turn.”—Centered on Books
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jan English Leary ’72’s short fiction has appeared in Pleiades, The Literary Review, The Minnesota Review, Carve Magazine, Long Story, Short Literary Journal and other publications. Her novel, Thicker Than Blood, was published in 2015. She has received three Illinois Arts Council Awards and taught fiction writing at Francis W. Parker School and Northwestern University. She lives in Chicago with her husband, John, an artist and former teacher.