Today’s GalleyCrush is Elizabeth McCracken’s The Souvenir Museum, forthcoming from Ecco on April 13, 2021.
Perfect pitch: “Award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken is an undisputed virtuoso of the short story, and this new collection features her most vibrant and heartrending work to date.”
First line: “Because Jack didn’t drive—not stick, not on the left side of the road, not at all ever—Sadie piloted the rental car from the Dublin airport to the wedding, grinding gears and scraping along the greenery and—for a few miles—creeping behind a tractor on a winding road.”
Book notes: Hardcover, fiction, 256 pages.
Cover credit: Allison Saltzman
Author bio: Elizabeth McCracken is the author of seven books, including Bowlaway (Ecco, 2019) and The Giant’s House (Dial Press, 1996), which was a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, won three Pushcart Prizes, a National Magazine Award, and an O. Henry Prize. She has served on the faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently holds the James Michener Chair for Fiction at the University of Texas at Austin.