Other places offer a privacy to our own lives. We travel and keep ourselves estranged against a backdrop of cement and glass. Published last Tuesday, February 16th, Sara Majka’s debut short story collection, Cities I’ve Never Lived In, is a lyric meditation—echoing James Salter and Marguerite Duras—on our connections to places and people, how, says Kelly Link, “people love and leave, and love again.” This linked collection of autobiographical fictions are told from the perspective of a woman recently divorced, who uses story to add form to a suddenly adrift self: “It felt as if there was only me and the distant spectacle keeping pace with me.”
“The characters in Sara Majka’s haunting collection drift through cities and landscapes like refugees from feeling” notes novelist Garth Greenwell. “Majka is a daring and enormously gifted writer, and this is a thrilling, devastating debut.”
Published by Graywolf Press in collaboration with A Public Space, find this not-to-be-missed debut on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at an indie bookstore today.