By: Gerry Wilson
Press 53, 2015
The eleven stories in Gerry Wilson's debut collection, Crosscurrents and Other Stories, span three generations of women: wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, friends. Starkly real yet sometimes mystical, these stories portray women who persevere in the midst of betrayal, loss, and heartbreak. As Antonya Nelson says about the book, “[The] characters are in mortal combat, most often with themselves.” But the women in Crosscurrents are all survivors. The collection might be compared to Michael Knight’s Eveningland and Shuly Cawood’s A Small Thing to Want. The stories are reflective of Alice Munro’s work, and in the tradition of Southern story-telling, the works of Flannery O’Connor and Eudora Welty.
About the Author
A seventh-generation Mississippian, Gerry Wilson taught English and creative writing to high school students for twenty-plus years. Now retired, she writes short and long fiction.
Her debut collection, Crosscurrents and Other Stories, was a runner-up for the Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. Her stories have appeared in Good Housekeeping, Night Train, Prime Number Magazine, The Arkansas Review, The Crescent Review, and other journals.
Gerry’s debut novel, Spirit Light, is forthcoming from Regal House Publishing early in 2024.
To learn more about Gerry Wilson and her work, please see gerrygwilson.com