Amy L. Clark
Adulterous Generation follows young people using what they have to try to create lives for themselves in our still-new century. A teenager turns to Yeats when she is haunted by her boyfriend’s criminal father; inmates of a juvenile justice facility use contraband staples and graphic novels to make meaning of their adolescence; a marriage falls apart over a convict-made cutting board; an expectant mother has a near-sexual, almost mystical experience with a developmentally disabled man in a Laundromat; and a young woman commits a robbery that will take her further than she could have imagined. If love is owing and being owed, the obligations in Amy L. Clark’s first full-length collection endure.
"Amy Clark’s stories are flash floods, full of moments both poignant and devastating. Step into Adulterous Generation and let the waters rise around you."
—Christopher Boucher, author of How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive
"Amy L. Clark’s stories are ferociously
intelligent explorations of the
struggles that we all encounter as we
work to make meaning in our lives:
thwarted desire, misplaced attention,
ordinary confusion, encounters with
evils both interpersonal and
institutional. She looks at these signs
of a damaged world with an unsparing
eye—but also, crucially, with a sharp
wit and a generous heart. This is an
important collection and reading it
yields an abiding pleasure."
—Jeremy P. Bushnell, author of The Weirdness
"A neighbor of Flannery O’Connor’s, after reading her stories, said, ‘Well those stories just gone and shown you how some folks will do.’ And O’Connor comments, ‘... you have to start exactly there—showing how some folks will do, will do in spite of everything.’ The characters in Amy Clark’s superb collection never shy away from ‘doing.’ They consign dishes and wineglasses to the trash, flood houses, break taboos, plunder lives for a comic strip, steal money with mace as a weapon, and navigate the mayhem of their own lives with humor, wisdom, and hope in their quirky and profoundly generous hearts."
—Pamela Painter, author of Wouldn’t You Like to Know