Sarah K. Inman
"Finishing Skills is, among other things, the first great novel about New Orleans published since that city's 2005 drowning; its wry, crackling voice captures the rhythm of life in a time and place that now seem very distant. It's also the debut of a truly great American novelist. Sarah Inman's erotic, tough voice tells the story of a
young woman learning to fight, not only for a boxing title, but for her life. Wise, elegiac, and funny."
--Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She's Not There.
ISBN: 978-1-931982-58-0 trade paper $14.95 Sale $7.50
ISBN: 978-1-931982-57-3 library binding $26 Sale $13.00
Sarah Inman fought professionally for a brief period. She lives in New Orleans with her husband Joe Longo and their cats, Binx Bolling and Moll Flanders. Sarah was born in Rhode Island and received her B.A. from Colby College and her M.A. from New York University. Her fiction has appeared in the following publications: Fell Swoop, The Melic Review, Ellipsis, The Washington Square Review, The Rogue, and Cups, the Café Culture Magazine. She is the fiction editor and co-founder of Rive Gauche magazine. Finishing Skills is her first novel.
from the Book:
Backstage, Watson smeared my face with petroleum jelly that we’d borrowed from
another fighter. Our jar of Vaseline and our corner’s bucket were missing. Where
the fuck were they? It was karma for what Jenna, the other pro female from the
Academy, did last week; sly, she walked out of Boomtown Casino with a pair of
eight-ounce gloves used in one of the bouts. They weren’t even good for
sparring, so Jenna gave them to one of the newcomers to work the heavy bags.
Jenna’s habit of stealing useless crap filled our gym with odd-sized gloves,
cracked mirrors, and a scale that was off by two pounds.