Tuesday, June 16, 2015

{Southern Fiction/Women’s Fiction/Short Stories} You Won’t Remember This Blog Tour

Title: You Won’t Remember This
Author: Kate Blackwell
Publisher: Bacon Press Books
Genre: Short Stories/Southern Fiction
Format: Kindle
Pages: 232

The twelve stories in Kate Blackwell’s debut collection illuminate the lives of men and
women who appear as unremarkable as your next-door-neighbor until their lives explode 
quietly on the page. Her wry, often darkly funny voice describes the repressed underside 
of a range of middle-class characters living in the South. Blackwell’s focus is elemental—
on marriage, birth, death, and the entanglements of love at all ages—
but her gift is to shine a light on these universal situations with such lucidity, it is as if one has never seen them before.

Book Excerpt:

Carpe Diem 

The "shadow line," Kurt calls it. Carroll believes he is referring to age, to some 
transitional moment into old age. But what moment exactly? When we are too old to 
make love? Too tired to feel desire? Kurt shrugs. When our hopes are extinguished? 

When I'll never see you again? What line are you talking about, Kurt? 
Kurt is almost fifty but looks younger. His hair is a dark silky brown. His skin is 
smooth. There is a youthful leprechaun quality about him, though he is beginning to have 
a paunch about the belly. He does not get enough exercise. If he could ski regularly, he 
says, he would lose that flab. Kurt is an expert skier. He learned to ski when he was five, 
in Germany.
When he was eleven, he had a terrible accident that broke both legs below
the knee. The fractured fibulas erupted through flesh and skin. Carroll, drawing her finger 
along the deep scars on Kurt's calves, tries to envision the accident, the broken skis, the 
bloodied snow, the boy lying there in the snow, waiting for someone to come. 

But she has a hard time picturing Kurt as a boy. Sometimes she has a hard time 
remembering what he looks like now. Though they have been together for nearly two 
years, loosely speaking—she has her own place, he has his—they really do not see that 
much of each other. Kurt is a free-lance photographer and is often traveling. Benin. 
Djibouti. Sucre. Carroll, too, is busy. She owns and runs a nursery school called Sunshine 
Day for three- and four-year-olds. Sometimes months go by when Carroll and Kurt do 
not see each other, though sometimes, out of the blue, he will call from some distant 
place. She will hear his voice, high-pitched and tentative, a as if he did not expect her to 
answer (or perhaps it’s the connection that makes it sound that way?)—

Hello? Remember me?—and she feels such happiness it terrifies her. Does he actually believe she has forgotten him? 
And yet, in certain ways, she does forget. Today, standing in her school yard among all the small revved-up bodies and high yelling voices, sniffing the odors of sand and lilac, she tries to conjure his face. She knows his eyes are green, his nose small and sharp, his skin lightly freckled. But she cannot visualize his mouth or the curve of his cheek or his expression when he looks at her. She cannot remember his voice. She expects to hear that voice, though, perhaps in a few hours. Kurt is due back today from Mali. Or is it Niger? The prospect of seeing him makes her giddy. He has been away 
nearly two months. Even so, even in the midst of her excitement, she can't help asking 
herself where this relationship is going.
The question occurs to her all the time, but whenever she alludes to the future—an off-hand reference to season tickets for the opera or a time-share deal on a beach house—Kurt shakes his head.

"Carpe diem," he says, in his lightly accented speech.
And Carroll, though she is not seeking permanence, though she does not believe 
that relationships require official bonds, though she is happy living on her own and seeing Kurt for compressed periods of passion and good talk, is enraged.

Carpe diem indeed.

For More Information 

 You Won’t Remember This is available at Amazon.

 Purchase book at Bacon Press Books.

 Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

 Read excerpt here.

This is a very intelligent literary collection.
A diverse collection of subjects and situations, many taking place in North Carolina. 
She has made me want to visit the area. 
Beautiful word pictures that give the reader much to think about, even when I did not particularly care for one of the stories, I still had to admire the author's descriptive talent. 

My first impression was that these short stories reminded me of the stories published in my mother's magazines, (Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, Good Housekeeping) that I read when I was much younger, 
stories with substance and deeper meanings.

These are stories to let yourself be drawn into, experience the flavor and atmosphere.
Full of secrets, many about relationships, and how they may not be the same to both people involved in them.From fresh to new love to well worn relationsips, and relationships being reconfigured.

KATE BLACKWELL worked as a journalist and editor before turning full-time to 

fiction. Her first collection, YOU WON’T REMEMBER THIS, was published in 

hardback in 2007 by Southern Methodist University Press.  Her stories have appeared in 

numerous journals, including Agni, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, Carve, The Literary 

Review, The Greensboro Review, Sojourner, and So To Speak. She lives in Washington, 


For More Information

 Visit Kate Blackwell’s website.

 Connect with Kate on Facebook.

 Find out more about Kate at Goodreads.

 Contact Kate.

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