eightball

eightball strikes hard. Fueled by an abiding sense of loss, the eight stories in this collection take you on a journey across the exploded fault lines of intimacy, unfolding across cities and continents. Whether hitchhiking the Italian Veneto, trekking through a pitch-black Balinese rice field, or queuing for drinks in a crowded Seattle bar, Geoghegan sets her characters adrift in a world that stakes its claim to the enigmatic terrain of desire.​ This collection of darkly comic, occasionally violent, tales is anchored by the eponymous “eightball,” a coming of age novella about a sister and brother guided by the inertia of recklessness and self-destruction. A protégé of the late Lucia Berlin, Elizabeth Geoghegan writes lyric, place-driven prose laced with edgy realism and wry wit.

A great cast of characters … Fellini-ish

 — Lucia Berlin

In the tradition of writers such as Raymond Carver and Dorothy Parker, eightball is acidly funny and tragic; bittersweet.

— Ruth McIver

A masterful collection laced with dark humor, aching grief and great tenderness.    

 

— Francesca Marciano

Emotionally raw, sincere, and relentlessly adventurous.     

 

— Chiara Barzini

Now available in Spanish translation

 

Bola ocho

Protegida de la fallecida Lucia Berlin, Elizabeth Geoghegan escribe una prosa lírica basada en lugares mezclada con un realismo vanguardista e ingenio irónico. Estas ocho historias nos llevan en un viaje a través de las fallas explosivas de la intimidad, que se desarrollan a través de ciudades y continentes. Ya sea haciendo autostop en el Véneto italiano, caminando a través de un campo de arroz balinés negro como la boca del lobo o haciendo cola para tomar algo en un bar abarrotado de Seattle, Geoghegan deja a sus personajes a la deriva en un mundo que reclama el terreno enigmático del deseo. El relato que da título al volumen tiene como protagonistas a una hermana y un hermano guiados por la inercia de la imprudencia y la autodestrucción.

Una nueva maestra de la mejor tradición del cuento norteamericano.

— Sonia Fides

En sus relatos, hombres y mujeres  emparejados, recorren el globo en busca de sosiego e intimidad familiar. Se topan con ligues al borde del incendio y un

chorreón de sátira social.

— Marie Clare

Geoghegan tiene su propia voz, poderosa y en volvente, que logra que el lec tor quede fascinado por una sordidez áspera y un tono des carnado que raspa.

 

— Eva Cosculluela

Su capacidad para trasladar al papel el extrañamiento y la congoja ante la sensación de fatalidad apremiante es brillante.

— Raül Jiménez

Coming Soon

The Marco Chronicles
 

In this hilarious, irreverent, flash memoir, a young American expat arrives in Rome to find handsome, charming men, breathtakingly beautiful antiquities, and perfectly made cappuccino. What more could anyone want? But after a few too many romantic mishaps, she discovers the so-called dolce vita comes at a price. With a jaded eye, but a vulnerable heart, short story writer Elizabeth Geoghegan takes us on a literary Sex in the City romp through Rome. The Marco Chronicles shows us what life in Italy looks like when you’re 30-something, running from grief, and trying to find a way back to love. This new author edition of bestseller The Marco Chronicles includes “The Violet Hour,” a short story from Geoghegan’s masterful collection eightball.

 

Natural Disasters
 

In these two tales of obsessive love, Elizabeth Geoghegan, author of “The Marco Chronicles,” creates vivid portraits of strong women blinded by a weakness for a certain kind of guy—heartless, but impossible to resist. Whether her heroines are caught up in the chaos of Bangkok or lured into the deep woods of the Pacific Northwest, they struggle to find their way in a world where disaster is a natural consequence of the urgency of desire. In these dark, lyric stories, women meet life and their own instincts head on.