By Linda Boroff
The world has entered a breathing space following the ravages of COVID-19. Since medical science conquered the pandemic with a cheap and easily administered vaccine, the world has rebounded swiftly and gratefully into boisterous prosperity.
But now a new and even worse catastrophe has emerged after stalking humanity unsuspected for decades. A new disease, APSS (Acquired Prion Sociopathy Syndrome) has resulted from a mutation in a prize bull imported from Switzerland in 2007.
Zoe and Brian are twenty-something Silicon Valley tech workers. During the early days of the epidemic, before its true impact was suspected, they had gotten tested to take advantage of a two-for-one dinner offer at local eateries for those showing a certificate of testing. To their horror, Brian tests positive. Although Zoe tests negative, the method of spread is still uncertain. As the gravity of the crisis deepens, the government ramps up Infection Control Squads to incarcerate and quarantine the infected.
The Dressmaker’s Daughter
Beautiful and spirited Daniela dreams of becoming a doctor while growing up in Yedinitz, Romania in 1940, but as a Jew, she is barred from higher education. Her mother, who is the dressmaker to a local countess, hires her a tutor, the rebellious and precocious Mihail. The two soon begin a passionate romance, unable to resist the powerful love and attraction they share.
Linda Boroff graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in English. Her humorous short stories, satires and feature articles have appeared in a broad span of noted publications, including McSweeney’s, The Guardian. Gawker, Hollywood Dementia, Epoch, Cimarron Review, Hobart, Crack the Spine, The Pedestal Magazine, The Writing Disorder, The Piltdown Review, 5:21 Magazine, Thoughtful Dog, Drunk Monkeys, Blunderbuss Magazine, JONAH Magazine, Eclectica, The Boiler, Fictive Dream, and Lifelines, the literary journal of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.
She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Able Muse Magazine and won first prize in The Writers Place fiction competition, as well as placing in the Top Ten or semifinals of numerous other contests including American Gem, the Chesterfields, and the Los Angeles International Screenplay Competition. She has written one one produced feature film and has two screenplays currently in development.
All I Can Take of You
This exuberant fiction debut of fourteen linked short stories and a novella portrays the comic and sometimes wrenching expedition of a young woman during a life of unexpected outcomes. By turns mercilessly satirical and achingly tender, the book yanks the reader into Brynn Wittman’s antic adventures and their consequences, mostly told from her own unsparing, even self-lacerating perspective.
Young newlywed Dar Beaumont is trapped in a box of her own making that keeps growing tighter, smaller and scarier. On the surface, her life in the mid-1970s is blossoming. She adores her handsome husband Roc, who has just won his dream job of assistant district attorney in San Marcos, a town that resembles Santa Cruz on the beautiful California central coast.
A Suitable Poison
The August, 2014 issue edited by Christopher T Garry features 140 pages of never before seen stories from eight new authors, creating narratives that are variously dark, cynical, inspiring, violent and longing. Black Denim Lit is a monthly journal of fiction available on the web and eReaders.
A Season of Turbulence
Two women meet on a stormy flight from L.A. to Anchorage in the early 1970s. Meghan is a pretty college girl traveling up to meet her boyfriend, Cliff, a law student interning for six months in the Alaska Public Defender office. The other woman, Kitty, has just gotten out of prison and is fleeing to Alaska to escape her abusive boyfriend, Duke.
Author Linda Boroff expertly braids well-developed plot, vivid setting, and exceptional lyricism by using utterly raw prose to echo the raw landscape.
Murder in Fashion, written by Linda Boroff and directed by Ben Waller, is a straightforward, well-paced, resourcefully made account of handsome but crazed Andrew Cunanan’s 1997 serial killing spree that culminated with his fatal shooting of Gianni Versace in Miami Beach.
— Review in L.A. Times
…Terrific writing, very strong; quietly powerful story, at once direct and complex; beautifully achieved and thoroughly satisfying.