'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.