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“A Polite Woman” in Cosmonauts Avenue

My short story “A Polite Woman” appears in Cosmonauts AvenueThis story had twenty-four rejections before being accepted at this monthly literary magazine from Montreal.

The story begins…

“Marla was a polite woman. If a man wanted to sleep with her she never refused. With each new man, she adopted a cat—Fluffers McGee for John, Marion for Paul, Tiddlemouse for Richard, and so on. Her planner became full of daily romps, so too her house with felines.”
“A Polite Woman” is included in my first short story collection, Men and the Drink, which is under consideration at several publishers. Nineteen of the twenty-two stories in the collection have been published in literary journals and magazines in North America and the UK.

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