Nancy McCabe will be back in Fayetteville reading from her novel, Following Disasters.
On her twenty-first birthday, Maggie Owen receives an unusual birthday gift: a house. That same day, the house s owner, her aunt, dies. For three years, Maggie has been fleeing her childhood demons: the deaths of her parents, estrangement from her terminally-ill aunt, and a betrayal by her best friend. But now her career on the road, following natural disasters in temporary insurance claims offices, ends abruptly as Maggie returns home to face her past. But why does the house hold a mysterious spell over her? Why does she have the persistent feeling that her aunt is haunting her? Why did her aunt lie to her about the circumstances of her parents deaths? Who is the ghost child that may be hanging around the house? And what s with the guy next door who seems so hostile toward her? FOLLOWING DISASTERS is tightly woven ghost story that raises questions about legacies and their influence on our choices.
Nancy McCabe received an MFA in fiction from the U of Arkansas program in 1989. There, she co-ran the Arkansas Writers in the Schools program, wrote a handbook, Making Poems: Writing Exercises for the Program, distributed by the program throughout the state, and was the recipient of two Lily Peter Fellowships. She has published five books, including, most recently, the novel Following Disasters and the creative nonfiction book From Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood. Her work has received a Pushcart Prize for memoir and made notable lists six times in Houghton Mifflin Best American anthologies. She directs the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and teaches in the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Spalding University.