Orders of Protection
In abuse situations, people can go to court for orders of protection.
But in these twelve stories, people also seek protection from various
demons in unusual ways — by impersonating famous musicians, cooking pet
chickens, marching in parades, shooting at coyotes, calling lost dogs,
and more. The characters don’t always find their way to safety or even
survival, but somehow optimism prevails anyway. Set in Illinois, these
subtly linked stories explore circumstances and emotions through details
that stay with you far beyond the last page.
“Orders of Protection floored me. The range of style, voice, and
angles of approach had me checking over and over to confirm I was still
reading the same magical book. However, these stories do more than sing
their own unique songs. As I read, the myriad voices came together in a
perfect harmony of pain, longing, fear, and, however strangely, comfort.
It’s been a long time since I read a story collection with such
excitement, so eager to see what each new installment would bring.”
—–Colin Winnette, author of The Job of the Wasp and Haints Stay,