My Share of the Body: Stories
by Devon Capizzi
publication date: December 15, 2021
My Share of the Body, Devon Capizzi's debut story collection, explores loss and the cost of coming of age. A young boy learns the pangs and trials of first crushes, baseball, and adolescent heartbreak. Childhood best friends embark on a pilgrimage to Pennsylvania caverns, searching for redemption. A young woman develops an obsession with her father's urn in the wake of his untimely death, carting the vessel from place to place: the grocery store, the movie theatre, the river.
These stories grapple with grief and the constraints of time. They explore the ways our expectations—of ourselves, of the people we love—often live in tension with our lived experiences, and follow characters in the throes of change, always searching for what's been lost, for what's just out of reach, for newfound ways of carrying their pain.
Praise for My Share of the Body:
"In these uncertain times, I’m grateful for the work of Devon Capizzi. My Share of the Body is a wondrous, raw, and deeply felt collection of stories. This is a beautiful debut that sings true and mighty; and a beautiful portrait of love and hope as we navigate this flawed, bright world."
—Paul Yoon, author of Once the Shore and Run Me to Earth
"An incandescent debut. In these seven stories, Devon Capizzi brilliantly limns grief, love, queerness, and the infuriating, irresolvable conundrum known as the human condition. Tender, wise, and often wickedly funny and surprising, this collection will break your heart and put it back together again."
—Mako Yoshikawa, author of One Hundred and One Ways and Once Removed
"As I read these wise and radiant stories, I kept wondering: How can someone so young understand the human heart, the many ways it breaks and mends, so well? Each one is a gem, and I can't wait to see where Devon Capizzi takes us next."
—Julia Glass, author of Three Junes and A House Among the Trees
Devon Capizzi is a writer based in Boston, MA. Their work has been supported by the Tin House Writers Workshop, a fellowship from Emerson College, and has appeared in Foglifter Journal, Passengers Journal and elsewhere. In spring 2021, they were selected as a winner of the Novel Slices contest and are currently working on a novel about a women's rugby team. Devon is originally from rural Pennsylvania and harbors an unfortunate love for foods like horseradish and sauerkraut. When they are not writing, they are probably cooking.