Pie & Whiskey: Writers under the Influence of Butter & Booze

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A broken family reunites over alcoholic pie at Thanksgiving. A pie-fueled high-school romance is revisited years later. A woman plans to seduce her boss with whiskey. A couple decides to divorce right before taking a trip to spend time with another married pair.

Pie & Whiskey is a collection of short stories and poetry all centered around one common spark: booze and desserts. While you’d think that such a wide-open category would lead to an eclectic reading experience, there’s a surprising, unexpected thread throughout the collection: connection. Those small interpersonal moments that create memories, solidify friendships, and linger in the mind long after: they’re all pie and whiskey moments.

And some of these stories pack a serious punch, matching the alcohol note-for-note in impact, delivering bold flavors in a single shot or two. There are several quick, beautiful, O. Henry-esque tales to be found in this collection, like the one about an ex with commitment issues who resurfaces unexpectedly. Wonderful relatable storytelling, executed brilliantly.

Plus there are pie recipes and drink mixes to try out here! You can’t go wrong with Pie & Whiskey.

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Author Kate Lebo, Editor • Samuel Ligon, Editor
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 272 pages
Publisher Sasquatch Books
Publish Date 2017-Oct-24
ISBN 9781632171122
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Issue November 2017
Category Poetry & Short Stories
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