Skating on the Vertical

Skating on the Vertical: Stories by [Leary, Jan English]THE BOOK: Skating on the Vertical

PUBLISHED IN: November 2017

THE AUTHOR: Jan English Leary

THE EDITOR:  Marc Estrin and Donna Bister


SUMMARY:  Jan English Leary’s writing deftly offers insight into the disappointments and beauty of human love. In her new collection of sixteen stories, Skating on the Vertical, Leary writes about individuals who face the challenges of infertility and parenting, estrangement and intimacy, illness and recovery, loss and redemption. At the end of the stories, the characters emerge, sometimes broken, sometimes stronger, always changed.

WHY THIS TITLE: It is the name of one of the stories, but it also expresses a sense of disequilibrium that many characters in the other stories experience.

Image result for jan english learyWHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: These are stories that deal both with the universal and the unique: ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.


“Most of all, I loved how each of these characters simmered palpably, their emotions bubbling just below the surface, waiting for the right moment to burst into the open.”—Jennifer Messner, Books, Personally

“In this and other stories in Skating on the Vertical, Leary has such feeling for her characters, bringing us into the center of their lives, the conflicts they face, and the emotions they experience as a result. In other words, she makes these characters remarkably, and often heart-rendingly, real.”—Beth Castrodale, Small Press Picks

AUTHOR PROFILE: Jan English Leary lives in Chicago with her husband. She taught French and English to high-school students before deciding to write full-time. Her novel, Thicker Than Blood, was published by Fomite Press in 2015. Her short fiction collected in her second book has been published in various literary journals such as Pleiades, The Literary Review, The Minnesota Review, Carve Magazine, Karamu, and others. Her work has received three Illinois Arts Council Awards.


LOCAL OUTLETS: Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago, 60640.

WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Kobo, and Smashwords.

PRICE: $15 for the paperback; $4.99 for the ebook.


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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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