What We’re Reading in September!


We’re excited to share that our September Book Club Book Club selection is What If We Were Somewhere Else: Stories by Wendy J. Fox, forthcoming from Santa Fe Writers Project on November 1, but available to Rumpus Book Club members in just a few weeks!

What If We Were Somewhere Else is the question everyone asks in these linked stories as they try to figure out how to move on from job losses, broken relationships, and fractured families. Following the employees of a nameless corporation and their loved ones, these stories examine the connections they forge and the choices they make as they try to make their lives mean something in the soulless, unforgiving hollowness of corporate life. Looking hard at the families to which we are born and the families we make, What If We Were Somewhere Else asks its own questions about what it means to work, love, and age against the uncertain backdrop of modern America.

“In this connected collection of stories, Wendy J. Fox introduces us to an engaging medley of office coworkers, as well as their families, friends, and lovers. Fox’s memorable narrations, ranging from eccentric to evocative, side-splitting to shocking, had me smiling, pondering, and turning the pages for more.” – Cynthia Swanson, New York Times best-selling author of The Bookseller and The Glass Forest

“Grab a copy of What If We Were Somewhere Else. Fox’s distinctive characters and their tumultuous journeys will stay with you long after you finish the book.” – R.L. Maizes, author of the novel Other People’s Pets and the story collection We Love Anderson Cooper

Subscribe to the Rumpus Book Club by August 15 to join us in reading What If We Were Somewhere Else, culminating in an exclusive online discussion with author Wendy J. Fox about the book!

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