On Monday, May 9, Amy Gustine will be reading from her book You Should Pity Us Instead at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. The reading will take place at 6:30pm in the Huntington Room.
In vivid, searing prose, the stories in You Should Pity Us Instead explore the complex and often contradictory impulses of love, obligation, and morality. An Israeli woman who sneaks into Gaza to reclaim her captive son from militants finds herself assisting in a stranger’s difficult childbirth. Two families—one atheist, the other Christian—confront the limitations of their beliefs. In nineteenth-century Ellis Island, a doctor marks life-changing verdicts on the backs of immigrants in blue chalk. You Should Pity Us Insteadannounces Amy Gustine as an artist of dynamic, capacious vision and generosity.
Amy Gustine's short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, including The Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, North American Review, and others. Her story "Goldene Medene" received Special Mention in Pushcart Prize XXXII. She lives in Ohio.