By Linda Boroff
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.
From a breathless confessional adolescence through a tumultuous marriage and the confines of ludicrous jobs, Brynn’s journey ends with a jolt in a random workplace shooting. Her recountings invite us into the rich inner life of somebody we might have only wondered sadly about as a statistic and the victim of a tragic event.
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.
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.
— Mikhail Lossel re “The Spirit Upwelling”
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