PIRANHAS & QUICKSAND & LOVE: short stories
Piranhas & Quicksand & Love is my short fiction collection published in 2016 by Press 53. The book collects fourteen stories across more than a decade of work, including stories originally published in The Antioch Review, Glimmer Train, Rosebud, The Baltimore Review, and other journals.
The stories feature characters across a range of gender, age, ethnicity, class, and experience, all wrestling with what I truly think are the two great tasks of life, for all of us: connecting with others, and making meaning out of the raw stuff of human experience.
The Washington Independent Review of Books called the book "an outstanding collection of tales about the pitfalls and rewards of human connection . . . . Read this book to savor its beautiful language, to drink in its gentle defiance. Piranhas & Quicksand & Love calls readers to ride the waves of a sea besieged by predatory behavior and natural disaster. To sail on, nevertheless, toward love." Author Richard Bausch commented this way: "Sally Shivnan's prose is so clear, and governed by a hand so precisely attuned to the demands of the story, that the words seem to disappear, and you look through them without quite having the sense that anything is between you and the people she's created. These stories will take hold of you from the first line. Each one provides what Peter Taylor once said all good stories provide: superior entertainment."