Now available is our third title, Carol Guess’s Index of Placebo Effects, a collection of flash fiction. $6.95 + $3.00 shipping.
Carol Guess explains, “This tiny book is based on the index of my father’s co-edited anthology, The Science of the Placebo. I selected terms from the index of his book and used them to organize a fractured, fragmented narrative that was originally part of a longer manuscript titled Hand mit Ringen. While I was working on Doll Studies: Forensics, I winnowed part of that longer manuscript into the story of a vet returning from WWII. It appears in Doll Studies as “Departure Lounge.” Then I worried and revised and changed the remaining material, adding and subtracting, returning to the original narrative: the story of two women, a plane crash, and too many cameras. Guided at first by the NATO phonetic alphabet, I eventually used the index of my father’s book to structure their story, which became Index of Placebo Effects. As always, I miss my father, and wish I could share this process with him. I suppose the path to scientific discovery is not that different from the path to a story: hard work and happy accidents.”
CAROL GUESS IS THE AUTHOR OF TEN BOOKS: SEEING DELL, SWITCH, GASLIGHT, FEMME’S DICTIONARY, LOVE IS A MAP I MUST NOT SET ON FIRE, TINDERBOX LAWN, HOMESCHOOLING, DARLING ENDANGERED, MY FATHER IN WATER, AND DOLL STUDIES: FORENSICS. SHE TEACHES CREATIVE WRITING AND QUEER STUDIES AT WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, WHERE SHE IS PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH. YOU CAN EMAIL HER HERE: CAROLANNGUESS (AT) GMAIL (DOT) COM.