From a former child star trying her best to raise a son with her TV mom as her only example, to an innocuous boy who points out Orion's Belt in the pockmarks on a girl's upper thighs, and calls them stars, in awe, Cheers, Somebody, a short story collection by Katie Lewis, travels as a houseguest to relationships in flux. The twenty stories in this collection examine how Middle Americans navigate interpersonal connections to learn more about others as well as the self. These interactions usher in deeper insight and reevaluate the meaning of community.
"Katie Lewis's short stories are things of precision. Her diction ranges across rural idiom, pop culture references, and high-toned religious rhetoric to form a world Flannery O'Connor certainly would have recognized. And her characters--well, they're us." Aaaron Belz, author of Glitter Bomb: Poems
"Smart prose and rich details distinguish these stories, peopled with characters who never disappoint. A strong new voice." Phyllis Gobbell, author of Secrets and Shamrocks