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Catalog Archive / Fall 2023


“Cravings? Just wait. Pull a little thread here, make a wrong move there, and life happens. These stories are like a series of nesting dolls, each more remarkable, spinning a little faster, until you can’t put them down. Readers of Shirley Hazzard and Grace Paley will love these glimpses of seemingly ordinary lives, pulled inside out and back again.”
—Jacki Lyden, former NPR host and author of Daughter of the Queen of Sheba

“The characters in Cravings demanded my full attention and my full empathy. Cohen crafts their circumstances brilliantly, revealing the moments around which the rest of their lives are tangled. Each yearns for something different, but as I turned the last page, I knew what I wanted: one more story.”
—Jeff Hoffmann, author of Other People's Children

Starting with “Hors d’oeuvres” and finishing with a “Feast,” these stories pulse with longing, missed opportunities, recriminations, and joy. Garnett Kilberg Cohen leads readers through acutely crafted explorations of the way events shape and change our lives, sometimes for the better and sometimes in ways that haunt us forever. Love, friendship, childhood, parenthood, and leaving home—all these experiences of desire, driven by the unrelenting passage of time—form the heart of this charismatic collection.

These captivating and vulnerable characters often recognize their shortcomings and past mistakes, but cannot always rise above them. One woman learns to forgive her husband’s ex; another fears her love of salty snacks caused a family tragedy. A stoic rural community drives a newcomer out of town; a young man’s entire life is colored by a traumatic childhood event at a zoo. Focusing on the specific, unforgettable moments that reveal our connections to one another, Cravings offers an expansive vision of humanity that lingers.


Garnett Kilberg Cohen. Photo credit, Garret Buckley. Garnett Kilberg Cohen is the author of three story collections: Lost Women, Banished Souls; How We Move the Air; and Swarm to Glory. She has taught creative writing at Columbia College Chicago for more than twenty-five years.

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“Each story in Garnett Kilberg Cohen’s gorgeous new collection is a tour de force in subtlety and indirection. Everyday narratives become profound meditations upon how we process trauma, the indelible imprint of past experience upon the present, and the paradoxically fixed and fluid nature of memory. Philosophical, reflective, and attuned to the human spirit, these powerful tales will win your heart, and then ask you to wonder why.”
—Elizabeth Kadetsky, author of The Memory Eaters

“These are slow-savor stories. . . . Deep and humane, the short stories collected in Cravings focus on rare moments of vibrant, uncensored selfhood.”
Foreword Reviews

“Through the details of everyday life, Cohen opens up a character's world. The slightest phrase evokes a flood of emotions. . . . There is good variety in the selection of these stories: they'll make you laugh, cry, or just sigh. . . . I would have liked to point to my favorite story from the collection, but I can't. I admired them all, each in its own way.”
—Carole Reedy, The Eye

“[Kilberg Cohen’s] latest collection Cravings exemplifies her every strength. Bookended by stories titled ‘Hors d’oeuvres’ and ‘Feast,’ her writing is filled with a deep hunger for redemption and connection. . . . For lovers of short stories, prepare to eat well with Cravings.”
Chicago Review of Books

“Surprisingly, and delightfully, many of the twelve stories that comprise this collection bring an essayistic style to the short-story form. . . . Kilberg Cohen presents the short stories—whether using elements of fiction, nonfiction or both—as an ever—vital form of discovery on the ‘rare moments we live.’”

“The collection adeptly grounds the reader in each story from the very first sentence. . . . Regardless of the region, age, or gender, Garnett Kilberg Cohen delves deeper into the complications of desire.”
Third Coast Review

“Impressive. . . . Eloquent, original, moving, memorable.”
Midwest Book Review

“This collection does a striking job of creating portraits of characters who hunger in the most active way. . . . If you’re craving good, short fiction, this just might sate your desire.”
Mid-American Review



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Table of Contents


Hors d’oeuvres
Slow Dance
Ogden, Ohio
NoirHer Life in Parties
Breaking News
Maternal Instinct
My Practice Life
The Goodbye Party


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October 2023
160 pp. 5.5 x 8.5

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