The First Honeymoon


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Praise for Individual Stories in this Collection

Falling off the Scaffold has, in a sense, no characters at all, only the projected personaes of two people unknown to each other; yet it respects the contours of reality and gives us, in a most unusual form, a story about illusion and self-deception.”  – Joyce Carol Oates, from her Introduction to Best American Short Stories

A Gift Horse stopped me in my tracks. Lay the book down, get a coffee, wander around the house thinking of it all day.” – Thomas Hubbard, Author of Junkyard Dogz

In this extraordinary collection, Lyn Coffin writes with heart of longing and searching—for place, for connection, for love. Here, among these 17 stories, an artichoke reveals for a young bride the fault lines already dooming her new marriage; a mother makes final amends for telling an unwelcome truth about Christmas by telling a comforting lie about death; a young girl navigates the madness of her mother, the possible evil of her father and questions about her own state of mind; and we are treated to an inspired retelling of the classic Tortoise and the Hare fable. Coffin’s fictions cross boundaries; they are funny, ominous and heartbreakingly true.


Praise for The First Honeymoon

“Sexy, smartly engaging and quirkily off-beat, these stories are a delight to read and ponder.” – Judith Roche, National Book Award-Winning Author of Wisdom of the Body

“Coffin’s fiction shows evidence of an original and delightful intelligence. Her lively and memorable characters speak as if they are possessed by forces slightly beyond their control, in voices brimming with wit, intelligence, cunning, and love. The structure of her stories unfolds with such grace that one forgets the skill it takes to produce such ‘effortless’ architecture.” – Alice Fulton, Winner: American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature

“This is a smart collection of stories which depicts an array of strong voices. The infusion of poetry and drama in her prose expands our strict genre definitions. You can breeze through these and enjoy the ride, but readers who take time to savor the multiple layers will be richly rewarded.” – Marilyn Stablein, Author of Climate of Extremes: Landscape and Imagination 

“Like Oates, like Updike, Coffin gives us characters we recognize, in spaces that are familiar—a coffee shop, a bar. She masterfully reveals the small yet extraordinary moments which eventually become irrevocable fate. Fiction worth re-reading: witty, wise, deeply imagined.” – Jed Myers, Author of Watching the Perseids

Author: Lyn Coffin

Price: $12.95

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 163

Dimensions: 5 w X 8 h

ISBN: 9780692318508

Released: March 2015

Average Amazon Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars

Lyn Coffin lives in Seattle, WA. She is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, playwright, and translator. More than 20 books of her writing have been published, and her plays have been presented internationally. Her short stories have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies, including the Best American Short Stories edited by Joyce Carol Oates. She teaches literary fiction at the University of Washington. Lyn holds an honorary PhD from the World Academy of Arts and Culture (UNICEF) “for poetic excellence and her efforts on behalf of world peace.”

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