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Close Encounters, by Jen Michalski

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Close Encounters, by Jen Michalski

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Close Encounters, by Jen Michalski

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Here are maps of the distances between us and within us. With humor, anger and deep emotion, Jen Michalski's first collection of stories is a window on the daily struggle for connection that links and separates us all.


everal overwhelming feelings pummel the reader of Jen Michalski’s book Close Encounters. But the biggest of all is gratitude.

"You don’t become grateful you finished the book, mind you, as these quick-paced, adorable stories could go on forever. You want them to go on forever because of their incredible intrigue."-- Potomac Journal


Jen Michalski is author of the novel The Tide King, winner of the 2012 Big Moose Prize. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and tweets at @MichalskiJen. Find her at