The Galaxie and Other Rides
Winner of the Sixth Annual Tartts First Fiction Award. Set primarily in post-industrial Detroit, The Galaxie and Other Rides explores the fight for survival in the heartland: a young Marine is attacked by men from his own unit, the daughter of a prostitute struggles to find her sexual identity, and a man plots his own death—half suicide, half protest—by fire when he loses his job at General Motors. A classic car appears in each story, a reminder of the decline of the automobile industry upon which many of the characters have built their lives. While few choices remain in the wake of their losses, they maintain a porchlight-left-on love for each other that defies the odds. Indeed, love is their salvation amid the ruins.
ISBN: 978-1-60489-097-6 Library Binding, $32.00 Sale $16.00
Josie Sigler was born Downriver Detroit, and grew up in the Midwest. Her work has appeared in journals such as Water~Stone, Hunger Mountain, Silk Road, and Roanoke Review. Her chapbook, Calamity, was published by Proem Press. Her book of poems, living must bury, winner of the 2010 Motherwell Prize, was published by Fence Books. She recently completed a Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Residency, which affords a writer the opportunity to live on a remote homestead on the Rogue River in southern Oregon. She currently lives at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, where she is working on a novel.
from the Book:
Richie was the only one who had enough credits to
graduate because he took all the retard classes. The
rest of us failed English again. So the day of the
ceremony, everybody else in their caps and gowns, Little
Ho boosts Mrs. Hendrick’s piece-of-shit ’77 Caprice out
of the school parking lot and drives us all up to