Rescue Press is excited to announce our newest publication and debut collection of fiction, 3 short stories by Madeline McDonnell.
There Is Something Inside, It Wants To Get Out is the brief and stunning debut by fiction writer Madeline McDonnell. In these technically surprising and lyrically astounding stories, the reader meets three haunted, singular, and unsettled protagonists—Wednesday, Mary, and Lucy—who are up to and up against all sorts of horrendous and hilarious trouble. The reader will discover in this trinity a deeply intelligent, comic, and chaotic view of consciousness, pleasure, and shame along with a panic-inducing proposal, cancer-basketball, and a series of passionate car crashes. Perhaps more importantly, the reader will fall for McDonnell’s poetic touch and her absolute attention to the magic of the sentence.
Madeline McDonnell is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a former lexicographer for the Oxford English Dictionary. She is currently at work on a novel and a longer collection of short stories.
Praise for There Is Something Inside, It Wants To Get Out:
“Madeline McDonnell writes shrewdly, responsively, inventively, audaciously, arrestingly. She approaches the story as a hang-glider approaches the wind, bending herself to its movements.”
–Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Brief History of the Dead
“With exquisite quick-witted prose, Madeline McDonnell has produced a trio of truly memorable stories. Her characters, so lonesome and so startlingly funny, find their way through situations equally grave and absurd. Life, in other words, the way it’s really lived. These three, word-perfect stories are as absorbing and original as fiction gets.”
–Peter Bognanni, author of The House of Tomorrow