The short stories of New York-based writer Greg Sanders have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including The Warwick Review, The Los Angeles Review, Essays & Fictions, Opium Magazine, Mississippi Review, and Pindeldyboz. His fiction collection, Motel Girl: Stories, has been favorably reviewed in Publishers Weekly, the LA Times, and Rain Taxi Review, among others. He received his MFA from the New School in 2004 and is a technical writer by trade. More stories and a novel are in the works.
Publication Date: September 1, 2008
These stories take the reader on journeys realist and absurd, meta-fictional and post-modern. Motel Girl is peopled by the colorful, the transcendent, the sane and insane—by egoists, self-deprecators, demons and drunks, by the well-meaning, and by monsters. From a Muscovite torn between the affections of her live-in bear and her boyfriend to a corporate bureaucrat who discovers the secret to immortality in a decrepit art museum, from a vengeful adolescent motel clerk to a legal proofreader poisoned on a subway platform, these short stories play by rules that might seem unorthodox to some, refreshing to others. This collection is proof that the form is alive and well—and breaking new ground—in the first decade of the 21st century.
Motel Girl amounts to an exploration of the contemporary laws of romance, longing and sex, of how the computerized, branded universe is now fully integrated into the fabric of our thought and behavior. Join in the journey, a frenetic and disarming joy ride. Taken as a whole, these stories create a new paradigm for the American short story, an expansion in narrative reach, creative power, and experimentation.