A lonely secretary schemes to kidnap a young stranger to replace the baby she lost in utero and a woman's far-flung pursuit of her graduate degree has spooky consequences--these are two of the less-than-ordinary perils encountered in Ann Robinson's debut collection. Elsewhere, more commonplace situations pit mothers against adolescent daughters while couples navigate the choppy waters of middle age, sisters struggle to bridge the gap created by family trauma, and cantankerous seniors try the patience of their exasperated offspring.
"Ann Robinson's tart, forgiving characters not only surprised me -- they taught me a thing or two." --Alicia Erian, author of The Brutal Language of Love
"Ordinary Perils takes one on a journey through the emotional bankruptcy of... families... to the jungles of New Guinea..." -- Rodger Martin, Editor, The Worcester Review
In 2001 Robinson was asked to read "The Elf Gig," a story from this collection, on New Hampshire Public Radio. Her short stories have appeared in Yankee, Oxford Magazine, The Nightshade Nightstand Reader, Ellipsis, in regional anthologies. In recent years, she reviewed fiction for Publishers Weekly. Her feature articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines, including the Keene NH Sentinel. She has also written and produced award-winning radio commercials. Ann has lived in the Monadnock Region since 1967. A graduate of Connecticut College, she received an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College.
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