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By Judith Serin



Gravity is about women: what we want, don’t want, think we want but maybe don’t; a lyrical and sometimes surreal tour through the psyches of female characters, slightly mad or bit too sane, stereotypes and image busters, that  flies you away and brings you back to earth. It is a collection of seven stories and a novella about obsessed women: women consumed by revenge, women who can’t get out of love triangles, women who are not even in their bodies when they make love.These cutting edge stories deal with the pleasures and difficulties of love and hate. As a feminist, Serin is aware of the traps that society creates for women. The characters in the stories have different levels of awareness of these traps and are struggling, with varying degrees of success, to escape them.


Judith Serin's collection of poetry, Hiding in the World, was published by Diane di Prima's Eidolon Editions, and her Days Without (Sky): A Poem Tarot, seventy-eight short prose poems in the form of a tarot deck with illustration and book art design by Nikki Thompson, was published by Deconstructed Artichoke Press. She writes fiction and creative nonfiction as well as poetry, and her work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. She teaches literature and writing at California College of the Arts.

"In this collection of fiction by Judith Serin, she explores the extraordinary inner lives of seemingly ordinary women. Serin finds the difficult truths in relationships between the sexes, words and feelings thought but never expressed. Her descriptions have a poet’s imagination and precision. These stories will surprise and enlighten, particularly the moving novella Gravity that  gives the collection its name." —Zack Rogow, author of Irreverent Litanies and The Number Before Infinity

"A phenomenal storyteller, Judith Serin delights with her humor, intelligence, and irreverence. A wonderful story collection." — Jasmin Darnik, author of Song of a Captive Bird, The Good Daughter, and The Bohemians

"In stories that are ethereal and haunting, Judith Serin portrays the inner world of women who confront their desires and constraints. Imaginative, captivating, sensual, and fierce, Gravity invites you to know yourself as well as Serin knows her characters." — Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of Real American: A Memoir,  How to Raise an Adult and Your Turn: How to Be an Adult

"Gravity is a book that grabs you from the first page and never lets go. The women who populate its seven stories brim with fierce energies and dark desires -- for revenge, independence, connection, or forbidden sex. Pitch-perfect prose and unforgettable turns of phrase make this collection a master class in the art of visceral storytelling." - Anita Amirrezvani, author of The Blood of Flowers and Equal of the Sun



An Interview with Judith Serin:

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