A Perfect Life and Other Stories (Paperback)

By Elaine Burnes

Bedazzled Ink Publishing, 9781943837366, 178pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2016

List Price: 9.95*
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Call it happily ever after or a perfect life, it’s a universal destination we all hope to reach. Lily plays out the anxieties of her freshman year while standing in line. Lin, wanting only to be left alone, watches a stranger waiting on her porch. Denny flies tourists around an Alaska mountain, hoping to forget, while Alice embarks on an adventure to remember. Tate and Emily, friends since childhood, team up to play out the pirate games of their youth, only this time it’s not a game. From North America’s highest mountain to that quirky town at the end of the hook of Cape Cod and well past the stars beyond, Burnes explores the hopes and fears that drive us all. With eight previously published stories, and the all new “Auto Repair,” A Perfect Life and Other Stories is the first collection by the author of Wishbone.

About the Author

Elaine Burnes grew up and lives in Massachusetts. After earning a B.S. in biology, and learning it qualified her for pretty much nothing, she worked first at a pet store, then at a bookstore, and finally broke out of retail by attending secretarial school. She spent the next 20 years working and writing for a variety of environmental nonprofits. Finally wearying of reality, she turned to writing fiction in her spare time, publishing her first story, “A Perfect Life,” in Skulls and Crossbones (Mindancer Press) in 2010. Since then, she has had several more stories published: “A Certain Moon,” in Wicked Things (Ylva, 2014), “The Stranger” in Read These Lips Take 5, “The Gift,” “Forget-Me-Not,” and “Tracy Arm” in Khimairal Ink, and “The Game” in Best Lesbian Romance 2011 (Cleis Press).