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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

McCarty's 'Anatomies' Earns Praise from 'Esquire,' Others

AnatomiesSALISBURY, MD---“The author seems like the type of person who would laugh at a funeral.”

That’s Esquire’s assessment of Dr. Susan McCarty, assistant professor of English at Salisbury University, in its review of her inaugural short story collection, Anatomies. {The magazine assured its readers it was a compliment.)

Scheduled for release by Aforementioned Productions this month, the book is one of just nine to make the magazine’s Summer Reading List, “guaranteed to sweep you away — and make you forget you’ve been roasting under the sun.”

McCarty’s collection of fiction tells stories about ordinary people — from an aging tutor, to New York transplants, to a married couple in the midst of a spat, to a teenager struggling with love during her parents’ divorce — whose lives sometimes take unexpected turns.

Esquire noted that McCarty “reveals what’s funny is funny, what’s sad is sad, and personal moments that pang are often both. … Her snark lingers somewhere between Alice Munro and Amy Schumer — which, again, is also a compliment.”

The book also has received high praise from Kirkus, which called it “a promising debut … [with] a surprising diversity of tone.” The publication hailed McCarty as “a gifted purveyor of American short fiction.”

McCarty joined SU’s English Department in 2013. Holding a Ph.D. from the University of Utah and M.F.A. from Vermont College, she has published in journals and magazines including Utne Reader, Indiana Review, Willow Springs and Conjunctions, among others.

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