It’s March and we have a challenge for you – read not one, but two books this month!
We are pleased to introduce The Other Woman by Victoria Zackheim and The Other Man by Paul Alan Fahey. Both Ms. Zackheim and Mr. Fahey have agreed to participate in our discussion at the end of the month!
She’s been called the vixen, the Jezebel, the Lorelei, the bitch…and other choice names. In truth, she is someone’s daughter, mother, friend, confidante. She seduces husbands, breaks up marriages, and occasionally becomes a stepmother. Sometimes, she is even a victim. So who is this creature who arrives like a wrecking ball to destroy lives and families? She is the Other Woman – but she’s only half the story.
For every Other Woman, there is a wife or girlfriend whose relationship has been devastated or–surprisingly–blissfully liberated. Some women find themselves playing both roles during the course of a lifetime.
With twenty-one insightful essays from some of the country’s most respected and award-winning female authors, The Other Woman anthology explores the highly personal, sometimes anguished, sometimes hilarious, but always compelling experiences of women on both sides of these highly charged and emotional situations.
Victoria Zackheim is the editor of six anthologies of personal essays including The Other Woman, For Keeps, The Face in the Mirror, He Said What?, Exit Laughing, and Faith: Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists Confront the Big Questions (Simon & Schuster/Beyond Words 2015). Ms. Zackheim’s novel, The Bone Weaver was published by Elton-Wolf Publishing, and her last documentary, Where Birds Never Sang: The Ravensbruck and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camps aired nationwide on PBS. She will be presenting at the Central Coast Writers Conference in San Luis Obispo in September 2014.
Inspired by The Other Woman, Paul Alan Fahey edited the 2013 Rainbow Award winning anthology The Other Man. It is an artistic collaboration by and about gay men and their relationships. If you’ve ever been the other man, had him invade your life, or are just plain curious about this beguiling, unpredictable and dangerous creature, then this anthology of personal essays is for you. Twenty-one of our most acclaimed authors, many Lambda Award winners and finalists, write candidly about either being the other man, suffering the other man or having their relationships tested by infidelity. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go to the It Gets Better Project.
A SLO NightWriters member, Paul Alan Fahey writes for JMS Books. He created and edited Mindprints, an international literary journal for writers and artists with disabilities, at Allan Hancock College, and it made Writers Digest’s “Top 30 Short Story Markets” list for two consecutive years. His writing has appeared in Byline, Palo Alto Review, Long Story Short, African American Review, The MacGuffin, Thema, Gertrude, Kaleidoscope, The Feathered Flounder, and in several other literary journals and anthologies.