Maureen’s first collection of short stories is now available directly from the publisher, Main Street Rag.
Stories from the collection have appeared in fine literary journals, including Stone Canoe, the North Carolina Literary Review, and others.
If you want to read short, quirky, versatile, thought-provoking stories, read this collection. I enjoyed the book very much, and I intend to keep Maureen A. Sherbondy on my radar as I read literary magazines and navigate through the literary world.
— Rachel S. King, NewPages.com
In The Slow Vanishing, Maureen Sherbondy looks at our lives through a lens of fantasy and wisdom, then tells our stories in compelling and magical ways. Thought-provoking, entertaining, troubling, and true, these tales will have you nodding your head in recognition, eager to read more.
— Therese Fowler, author of Souvenir
Off-beat stories with unexpected endings. Life’s ordinary problems intruded on by the bizarre. The Slow Vanishing has a mesmerizing, magical effect.
— Joanna Catherine Scott, author of The Road from Chapel Hill
The writing is very evocative and interesting to read. I enjoyed each piece tremendously.
— Karen Quinn, bestselling author of The Ivy Chronicles
What a wonderful collection this is. Maureen Sherbondy’s The Slow Vanishing is remarkable for its abundance, its variety, its range, and its sheer imagination. There are long, serious stories like “Opossum,” which begins the book, and “Last Respects,” which ends it. There are comic stories, very short stories (flash fictions), and in all of them Sherbondy’s gift for vivid, sharp imagery and telling detail shines forth. Everything seems to vanish—children, mothers, houses, comedians, body parts, husbands, even punctuation—and all this vanishing asks us to think about life without that which has vanished. And we do think. We laugh, we worry, we think, and we read on, because we want more.
— Anthony S. Abbott, author of The Three Great Secret Things
Maureen Sherbondy’s new book of short stories, The Slow Vanishing, showcases the work of an unfailingly entertaining writer with a gift for dark humor and lots of tricks up her sleeve, but always in the service of deepening the reader’s understanding of the endless variations of human desperation that often haunt the most conventional of lives. Her adept use of the bizarre descriptive detail and quirky conversational tidbit enables her to create memorable characters that we end up rooting for, often within a very few pages, or even paragraphs, in the case of her shorter pieces, no matter how hapless their lot. These stories crackle with odd energy, and often leave the reader breathless with surprise, horrified and laughing at the same time.
— Robert M. Colley, Associate Dean: University College of Syracuse University