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The eleven stories in Sara Rauchs What Shines from It are rife with the physical and psychic wounds of everyday life. In Beholden, girl meets boy meets the unsettled spirits of post-9/11 New York City, but her future cant hold them all. In Kitten, a struggling veteran and his wife argue over adopting an abandoned kitten, deepening their financial and emotional rifts. In ...more
Paperback, First, 190 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Alternating Current Press
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Lori
Thrilled to be supporting the publicity of this book along with Sara and her publisher Alternating Current Press. It's an amazing collection of stories you won't want to overlook! If you're interested in reviewing the book or interviewing the author, please DM here!
Beachesnbooks
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic short story collection focusing on fractured or fracturing relationships and incredibly human characters. The stories are thoughtful and beautifully written, and they stayed with me long after I finished reading them. 4.5 stars.

Some of my favorite stories in the collection:
-"Kintsukuroi," about a woman who uses gold to repair broken pottery in her shop, as she focuses on the beauty despite the wrongness of the affair she's having
-"Abandon," about a woman who seemingly loses
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Sherry
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As I was reading the last stories in What Shines From It, in particular, the story Frequency told by the pov of a husband whose wife is trying to get pregnant, I had this moment of adjusting myself to the idea of reading from the male perspective and it was like sliding into a new skin, which felt completely natural and marvellous and I realized that reading this book was very much like that. Slipping into the interior lives of people, in the places where they experience the little fractures as ...more
Amy
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
What Shines from It is a work of art. Every story is touched by pure, blatant honesty and poise. I could feel every eruption, every heartbreak, every questioned motive, every discomfort.
Sara Rauch breathed life into her characters. I have not read anything like this in a long while. Moving, absorbing, unsettling, breathtaking.

A gigantic thank you to Lori Hettler (publicity), and the author, Sara Rauch, for a copy of her work in return for an honest review. It has definitely been my pleasure :)
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Sara Rauch
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote it so my review is biased, but I think it's pretty good!
Monika
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
There are 11 short stories in this collection, and overall this was a solid "it was good, I liked it" read for me. The first 5 stories really wowed me, I definitely enjoyed the last story, but the others in between didn't have the same impact. I found my mind wandering as I read. Sara Rauch has a knack for telling people stories, though, getting to the heart of what motivates and moves her characters and how they interact with each other. Her writing flows easily and is filled with warmth, even ...more
Sheldon Compton
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review to come at Enclave.
Alternating Current Press
I am the editor and publisher of this book, so my opinion is biased, but the reason we picked up this collection at Alternating Current Press is because it's so haunting and beautiful, feather-light yet carries a wicked East-Coast punch. These stories of identity, relationships, urban living, desperation, and shining rays of hope will crumble you to bits, then build you back up again. It's a stunning debut in clear, concise language that still remains buoyant and poetic throughout.
Leah Angstman
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am the editor and publisher of this book, so my opinion is biased, but the reason we picked up this collection at Alternating Current Press is because it's so haunting and beautiful, feather-light yet carries a wicked East-Coast punch. These stories of identity, relationships, urban living, desperation, and shining rays of hope will crumble you to bits, then build you back up again. It's a stunning debut in clear, concise language that still remains buoyant and poetic throughout.
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SARA RAUCH is the author of WHAT SHINES FROM IT: STORIES. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Paper Darts, Hobart, Split Lip, So to Speak, Qu, Lunch Ticket, and other literary magazines, as well as in the anthologies Dear John, I Love Jane; Best Lesbian Romance 2014; and Shes Lost Control. She has covered books for Bustle, BitchMedia, Curve Magazine, Lambda Literary, The Rumpus, and more. In ...more

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