AERIALISTS, forthcoming from Bloomsbury:

In these nine deft and daring stories, lonely misfits yearn for connection in a world gone slightly askew. A young boy attempting to navigate his parents’ divorce finds a mentor in his mother’s new best friend, a tough-talking female bodybuilder. A retired circus elephant dies, inspiring his devoted caretaker to arrange a suitable funeral, with inadvertently ghoulish results. A navy recruit grapples with the impending loss of his childhood and girlfriend by building an exact replica of his neighborhood in code. From a telepathic deaf-mute teen at Niagara Falls to a basement-dwelling, revolution-plotting Jewish Communist outside of Denver, Mayer’s stories illuminate the lives of small scale American spectaculars, rendering their attempted acts of daring and feats of strength with humor, generosity, and uncommon grace.

AERIALISTS: STORIES BY MARK MAYER. COMING 2019!

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