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