The Death of Carrie Bradshaw

chapbook / 2011 / Kore Press

Chosen by Antonya Nelson for

the 2011 Kore Press Short Fiction Prize

Excerpt

Have you seen an episode where Carrie steps out of her brownstone or onto a dance floor, and swings her gaze all around her like, I’m the shit? People are looking at her, and she knows. She’s loving it. I got out of my cab just like that. And here came a man with biceps like billiard balls under his sleeves; he swiveled his head as he passed. The next one—Billy Idol hair and a jaw you could cut yourself on—checked me out, too. I just smiled. With one or the other, with someone like them, our time would come soon enough. But first, more eye contact and flirting, a couple of drinks, dancing close. Everything I had been missing. I fired up a Camel and leaned on a building—bar or club, or restaurant with lowered lights? Whatever it was, it teemed with young men, beautiful men, men appropriate for me.

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Praise for The Death of Carrie Bradshaw

The Death of Carrie Bradshaw is a story full of humor, insight, an act of god, and a great cast of major and minor characters. A rarity in short fiction, it manages to feel uplifting at closure without one unearned moment. A treat.”

--Antonya Nelson, contest judge, author of Some FunIn the Land of Men, and Bound

 

“By turns thrilling, tender, surprising, and hilarious, King reveals a spellbinding psychological portrait, the complexities of the relationships that define our lives, and their potential to make us come undone.”

--Patricia Engel, author of The Veins of the Ocean and the PEN/Hemingway Award finalist Vida

“Patricia King shows us a character haunted by the past and coming to terms with the complicated present. Smart, empathetic, and humane, this is a terrific debut by a writer with a very bright future.”

--Alix Ohlin, author of The Missing PersonSigns and Wonders, and Inside

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