LYNNE BARRETT reads from and signs her newest collection of stories, MAGPIES, winner of the 2012 Florida Book Awards Gold Medal for fiction. Barrett’s writing is witty but natural, her characters diverse and realistic whether male or female, and her plots range from humorous and surreal to touching and romantic. From the Internet’s fragmented pages to a gossip columnist’s sweet poison to the ABCs of a hurricane season, these tales explore story form and storytelling as a means of connection, betrayal, and survival for characters who learn, sometimes too late, the value of what’s grasped and what’s lost.
"Barrett portrays adult lives with minimal flourishes and a powerful command of setting. Florida is electric with the tension of "all that can happen"--hurricanes, sinkholes, and a boom-and-bust history. It becomes as eerie as it is richly imagined..." Publisher's Weekly
"Sentence for sentence, Barrett is a superb writer. Her work brims with original ideas, questions and philosophical musings, the product of a probing intelligence…a highly literate sensibility…(and consummate story-telling ability." The Rumpus
“It is entirely impossible to predict what you’re going to get when you start a Lynne Barrett story: a taut tale of adultery and murder, a wry evocation of romance among the dot.com bubble, a gossip columnist who spits toads. What you do know is that you’ll keep reading - for the vibrant prose, the keen insights, and the remarkable depth of feeling. Magpies is a stone cold triumph.” Steve Almond, author of Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life