Susan Taylor Chehak

Biography

Susan Taylor Chehak is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and the author of several novels, including The Great Disappointment, Smithereens, The Story of Annie D., and Harmony. Her most recent publications include a collection of short stories, It's not About the Dog; a new novel, The Minor Apocalypse of Meena Krejci; and a work of nonfiction, What Happened to Paula: The Anatomy of a True Crime. Susan has taught fiction writing in the low residency MFA program at Antioch University, Los Angeles, the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, the University of Southern California, and the Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa. She grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, spent many years in Los Angeles, lives occasionally in Toronto, and at present calls Colorado her home.

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Books

The Minor Apocalypse of Meena Krejci
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,570. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2015 by Foreverland Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Told through alternating narratives—a portrayal of the last few days of Meena's life and an account of the events in the past that have brought her to where she is now—this is the story of a woman running away from home for the first time and the strong, nearly universal desire to shed one's identity to become somebody else.
It's Not About The Dog: Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,830. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2015 by Foreverland Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
"The turns these stories take, structurally and emotionally, prove that Chehak is not only a daring literary artisan, but a connoisseur of human frailty. An acerbic, stirring collection from a master of the craft." -Kirkus Reviews
The Great Disappointment, A Confession
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,300. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2012 by Foreverland Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
“[This] ambitiously imaginative... novel questions the very nature of reality… [a] diverting exploration of metaphysical concepts. Winsome and smartly playful.” —Kirkus Reviews
Rampage
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,450. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2011 by Foreverland Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Four critically acclaimed novels...A master of the Midwestern gothic... If you haven't discovered Susan Taylor Chehak: Welcome to Rampage Madlen Cramer has come back home with her two young children to be reunited with her childhood friend Rafe, the sexy drifter who has abducted a four-year-old girl from an abusive foster family, leaving the parents for dead.
Smithereens
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,580. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2011 by Foreverland Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
"Chehak is a very accomplished storyteller, always in control of her narrative, which moves ahead with grace and speed. But it's not only the plot that matters to this writer. It's the telling little details, particularly of teenage angst and of domestic life that makes the novel rich. SMITHEREENS is a novel fully worthy of the title thriller. It's hard to put down. It has a kind of dark allure."
Dancing On Glass
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,220. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2011 by Foreverland Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A startling tale of illicit passion, transgression, and retribution, set in the very heart of middle America. "A deeply chilling, disturbing, beautifully written novel. Shocking, stunningly written... Faulkner himself would have admired and respected [DANCING ON GLASS]... Its events should linger in the reader's mind long after it has been read." -- Los Angeles Daily News
Harmony
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,920. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2011 by Foreverland Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
"Haunting . . . Clodine Wheeler is the bemused narrator who strings together brilliant beads of descriptive phrases as she sorts through her memories . . . Chehak skillfully depicts small-town meanness and ironic generosity . . . . Her mesmerizing tale has classic resonances." – Publishers Weekly
The Story of Annie D.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,560. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2011 by Foreverland Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
She's seen her times and her town change forever, and when murder destroys the peace, she knows that nothing can be the way it once was. "Absolutely stunning... Reads with the force and generational sweep of some ancient rural myth." -New York Times Book Review

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