Welcome, Anybody

Welcome, Anybody is the debut short story collection from author Jen McConnell, published by Press 53 (2012).

“Janet put on her skirt and pulled the cape from the closet. The fire engines screamed along California Street heading west. Janet thought about all the people in the city she didn’t know and, for the first time, thought she might like to know some of them. She sat down in the middle of her apartment, pulled on her shiny red boots and began to lace them up.” – from Supergirl

About Welcome, Anybody

A lonely woman imagines life with a dead cowboy; a trucker drops out of life for a weekend;  a pregnant wife secretly employs feng shui to forestall the impending chaos. The vivid and sometimes heartbreaking stories in Welcome, Anybody progress from a quiet and profound despair to ones where hope, in some quiet form, begins to rise again.



“The characters in these stories stand absolutely still in the middle of their lives while the world spins around them, chaotically and often dangerously. There is an intensity of vision here — both riveting and haunting — that will remind you of Carver’s stories, but the territory McConnell has staked out is unquestionably her own.” – Lewis Buzbee, author of The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop

Welcome, Anybody exquisitely distils the emotional landscape of ordinary people. The life in these stories is remarkable. A true gem of a collection from a writer with real heart.” Rebecca Rasmussen, author of The Bird Sisters

“The luminous, compelling stories of Welcome, Anybody capture our yearning for connection; McConnell illuminates those rare moments in life we find both fleeting and transformative with the eye of a master jeweler.” – Tara Ison, author of The List

Order your copy from Press 53 or Amazon.com.

3 thoughts on “Welcome, Anybody

  1. My name is Trent Glosson. I don’t know if you will remember me, but we went to Norte Vista High School together.
    I lived in the Bay Area for years, but now reside in Phoenix. My favorite book store was always Green Apple Books, so I have stayed on their e-mail list for all this time. When I received their last message, I was pleasantly surprised to see your new book featured.
    It always makes me happy to see the people I grew up achieve wonderful things. I just wanted to send you a message congratulating you on your new book.
    I wish you nothing but success in the future!
    Take Care.

    • Hi Trent! Of course I remember you. Thanks so much for reaching out! When did you live in SF? I was in the city from 1996-2002 – in fact lived on 8th and Clement, which is why Green Apple was ‘my bookstore’ and was thrilled to have my first book reading there. I haven’t lived in Riverside since we graduated NoVi, but it has been nice to reconnect with people from high school via facebook and other places. Hope all is well with you in Phoenix!

  2. Hi, Jen! Fellow Goddardite here. Sounds like you’re doing well. You moved to Ohio about the time I moved to Florida. Congrats on your writing success! I always loved your “Supergirl” story.

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