PREORDER: STUMBLING TOWARD GRACE by Rosalia Scalia
Sometimes we try to connect to others, especially people we love but end up missing each other for a variety of reasons. The stories in this collection, STUMBLING TOWARD GRACE explore instances of imperfect people trying to connect to loved ones and others despite fractured relationships and personal flaws. Often they fail, as in the story “Hidden in Boxes” when Kathy can no longer tolerate her husband’s paralysis after the accidental death of their only son. Charlie, in ‘You’ll Do Fine,” wants his wife to stay as she’s packing to leave the marriage because he fails to realize he’s stuck in a loop of a job-related trauma. In the title story, "Stumbling Toward Grace," an elderly father dying of AIDS, Otto yearns to reconnect with his estranged daughter after he had disowned her for marrying a Black man. In “Sister Rafaele Heals the Sick,” a freelance nun, Sister Rafaele, is invited to live with a single mom and her children and tries to save them from the secular world. Many of the stories in the collection have been published, and some of won literary prizes, including a Maryland State Art Council Individual Artist Grant and the Editors Select Award, among others.
Genre: literary fiction, story collection
Publication Date: November 9, 2021