Lucy is having a bad day at work and to top it off a cicada named Lenny just told her she has three days to live.
Lucy is having a bad day at work and to top it off a cicada named Lenny just told her she has three days to live. Thus begins a surreal journey of self-discovery where animals talk, bears play polka, and spiders tango. Over the course of three days Lucy must care for her alcoholic mother, come to terms with the loss of her father, and confront her feelings for her best friend Faye, all while trying to understand what her “potential” is and why a cicada wants it before she dies.
From the Author:
“Bernard Cox’s “The Space Within These Lines Is Not Dedicated” is a fantasy with a radically inclusive vision. Lucy, a one-time rescuer of animals, confronts her father’s death, her mother’s despair, a complicated love, a meaningless job, and, as a result, finds herself in an emotional limbo. When the smart-aleck cicada arrives, she has to wonder whether she’s losing her mind. Is she facing the inevitable passage of life or the possibility of renewal or both?The progress of this compassionate narrative critiques our society’s neglect and abuse of the world and those who inhabit it.”–Frank Rogaczewski, author of The Fate of Humanity in Verse.
About the Author:
Bernard M Cox is a graduate of 2015 Class of Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, and received an MFA Creative Writing from Roosevelt University. He has taught fiction writing, screenwriting, literature, and composition; curated an experimental music concert series called FeedBack; ran a staged reading series for screenwriters; served as Assistant Artistic Director for the Tamale Hut Café Reading Series in North Riverside, IL; and served on the Board of Directors of the University City Arts League in Philadelphia. He currently volunteers in the San Diego LGBT community. His writing has appeared in A cappella Zoo, Blood and Lullabies, Collective Fallout, Crack the Spine, Red Lightbulbs, and Up the Staircase Quarterly. You can visit him at www.bernardmcox.com
Categories: Science Fiction / Fantasy