PRAISE FOR ON THE ROCKS
Heart shattering and hilarious, often at the same time, On the Rocks is a bravura performance in miniature—a beautifully written, effervescently compassionate window into the inextricably bound histories, heads, and hearts of Eva and Leonora Marino.
—Kate Racculia, author of Bellweather Rhapsody
In Eva Marino, Theodora Bishop has created a hero of a daughter and a narrator. With the rapid-fire delivery of a stand-up comedian, this is a book of perfect timing—astute and laugh-out-loud funny for its social observations and hysterical range of contemporary cultural references. The comedy runs the gamut, steeped in farce, satire, prat-falls and puns worthy of the alcohol-sodden title, not to mention the mother-daughter duo’s hometown of ‘Ship Bottom.’ Throughout, the eccentric cast of characters that come and go aren’t just sources for laughter, but loveable in their vulnerability. Bishop’s first book is as full of heart as humor – a stunningly original new vision and comic voice.
—Anthony Caleshu, author of The Victor Poems
“The light humor of the piece centers on the narrator and her self-deprecating and ironic tone and vision of herself, as she deals with zany family members and surrounding friends in advance of a ridiculous wedding that her mother is planning for herself.”
—Clay Reynolds, Judge of The Clay Reynolds Novella Prize
Eva's free-spirited mother is remarrying, and Eva is the maid of honor. Her mother relies on Eva, and she knows she has to step up, despite the grief she feels over her best friend's death, and the realizations she's coming to about the secrets her parents kept from each other and from her. The convergence makes her unravel secrets she tried to keep from herself. The mystery of personal histories and the choice to ignore painful knowledge weave with humor, pain, fear, and courage. The strength of the voice in this book, the humor layered over the pain, the need to turn away from the pain and yet confront it make this fast, funny, poignant novella memorable.
—Next Generation Indie Book Awards Judge
PRAISE FOR MOTHER TONGUES
Mother Tongues is a fantastic collection of stories, Bishop obviously impressively immersed in fairy tales and other traditions while remaining unafraid to step outside the bounds of any formal expectations those forms might suggest. The gorgeously spare prose impresses from the beginning, and new surprises of plot and image and emotion thrill are waiting on every single page.
—Matt Bell, Judge of The Cupboard's 2015 Chapbook Contest