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'If there's a book that can cure what ails us, then it's Kelcey Parker's amazing story collection, For Sale by Owner. These are fantastical, ingenious, deeply imagined and felt stories about the homes, families, jobs, lives that we dream about, that we disappoint and are disappointed by in equal measure. In Parker's hands, our dead ends become something other than dead ends, something hopeful and beautiful and mysterious. Art, in other words. What a first book!' --- Brock Clarke, author of Exley and An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England

The stories in Kelcey Parker’s For Sale By Owner are gorgeous, sinister dreams that sweep us into the unsettled lives of women – wives, mothers, lovers, friends – straining against the bonds of expectation.  Parker’s vivid characters are drawn with language that is bold, loving, and mesmerizing.  A truly exceptional collection.


- Darrin Doyle, author of The Girl Who Ate Kalamazoo and Revenge of the Teacher's Pet, A Love Story

In these sharply funny, acutely smart, and sometimes heartbreaking stories, Kelcey Parker gets the pains and comforts of family life—and particularly of motherhood—so right that I both laughed and caught my breath as I read. Like mother-love, these stories are deep, and cutting, and true.

– Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum, author of Swimming With Strangers and This Life She’s Chosen

About the Author

Kelcey Parker grew up in one suburb after another and her stories have been published by innumerable literary journals and magazines. She has also published reviews and scholarship on contemporary fiction, and is a contributing writer for the Novel & Short Story Writer s Market. Parker has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Cincinnati, and currently lives with her husband and daughter in Northern Indiana, where she is an assistant professor at Indiana University South Bend. Visit her at her virtual home: kelceyparker.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Kore Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888553553
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888553550
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,536,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kelcey Parker is the author of Liliane's Balcony, a novella set at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. Her first book, For Sale By Owner, won the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award in Short Fiction and was a Finalist for the 2012 Best Books of Indiana. She has a PhD from the University of Cincinnati and directs the creative writing program at Indiana University South Bend.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Sanford Smith on April 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
Kelcey Parker's debut collection of stories will leave you feeling, among other things, very surprised. The surprise at work is not because of the material she works with--the seemingly quotidian bricks of the domestic Midwestern suburbs--but in the way she infuses those materials with a truly unique velocity and darkly playful touch. The suburbs and soccer moms and unfaithful husbands aren't the ones you read about in books or watch on sitcoms, but the ones you yourself drive past every day and speculate about as your mind wanders.

To me these stories have done what few have managed, and that is to bypass what we think we mean with terms like `realist' that are supposed to reference a familiar framework--our own `real' lives. So we'll find ourselves or people we know in them, their stories are ours, and so goes their supposed (and often effective) premise. But Parker has done the real trick, has reached a territory of the real that shows just how far fiction of this type might push when it bothers to stop and trouble itself first. You might not find your story in this collection but they all seem close at hand, in the yelling from the neighbor's house or the lone woman you spot checking into a dingy motel.

I was also at all times enjoyably perplexed by the emotions and humor Parker has woven, complicating every thought and piece of dialogue such that it seems one might labor under the very real sensation of experiencing several, even conflicting emotions at once. Are these stories hopeful? Nihilistic? Heartbreaking? Heart-affirming? Every sentence seems to turn where you think they're going, which is the real key to this kind of reality, the one we genuinely recognize as our own: the stories don't know, the characters don't, just as we often don't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristy Lin Billuni on June 27, 2014
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When Hello Kitty-devoted, dark-humored girls grow up and raise families, they become the heroines of Kelcey Parker's grim and satisfying stories. While I read this collection, I wept tears of joy over each obsessive scrapbooking, wedding vow bungling, baby shower ruining scene because it offered me permission to write down my own ugliest triumphs and my most evil dreams.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alothmann on April 18, 2011
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I absolutely loved this book!!! I could not put it down and had it not been for being in the middle of potty training, I would have read this book cover to cover! I can't wait to share with all my friends and look forward to reading more of her books in the future!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Page on June 9, 2014
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Probably my favorite book on domesticity. The stories are smart and capture a household in all it's chaos while the picture outside is calm and serene. I've taught this book many times at the college level.
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