publication date: April 1, 2021
Winner of the 2020 Fiction Chapbook Contest
In Kelly Ann Jacobson's An Inventory of Abandoned Things, winner of the 2020 Split/Lip Press Fiction Chapbook Contest, there are cockroaches in the walls and anoles trapped in the doors. Squirrels roll across the attic rafters, and red ants patrol the car floor. A lazy gopher tortoise chews lettuce in the neighbor’s butterfly garden. At once the story of a pregnant graduate student separated from her wife and an inventory of the Florida panhandle, this book of linked stories questions what it means to fight the land for a place in it—and whether, in the fighting, there can be a bond between human and landscape formed that is stronger than love.
Praise for An Inventory of Abandoned Things:
"An Inventory of Abandoned Things is sweaty and infested, perfect in all its grime and oddity. The narrator offers perspective on the past from an unknown future, all the while reminding the reader of the future's unknowability. The stories that comprise An Inventory are comprised themselves of paradoxes and the observations of a person who knows how to be silent, to listen, and to carefully watch. I can't wait to own a copy of this chapbook."
—Brenna Womer, 2020 Split/Lip Press Fiction Chapbook Judge
Interviews/Reviews of An Inventory of Abandoned Things:
—Leslie Pietrzyk, Work in Progress