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Side Effects of Wanting

Mary Salisbury

February 14, 2023

In Side Effects of Wanting (Main Street Rag, 2022), author Mary Salisbury spent nearly twenty years gathering together the pieces of humanity she saw reflected in the lives around her and distilled them into a poetically written, beautifully curated short story collection. In this debut, small-town stories speak of love and belonging, longing and regret. The people who populate these tales yearn for companionship and comfort, but face the trauma of fractured relationships and the ache of not quite becoming the person they hoped to be.

Mary Salisbury’s short fiction and essays have been published in Fiction Southeast, The Whitefish Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, and Cutthroat’s Truth to Power. Her chapbooks Come What May and Scarlet Rain Boots were published by Finishing Line Press, and her poetry has appeared in Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women. Salisbury is an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship recipient and a graduate of Pacific University’s MFA in Writing Program. She is passionate about spending time with her two grandchildren. Monroe is almost four and Roscoe is one and a half—they play hide and seek and read picture books together. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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