First Person Imperfect
To read these 19 stories is to become the confidant of 19 very different, very real people. Whether tagging along with one of the nine children who open their lives and hearts to you or accompanying one of the 10 adults struggling to let go or hang on or strike out in a new direction, you will find yourself quickly caught up in these characters' lives. If you crave deep connection with quirky, disarmingly genuine people, then you'll enjoy an in-person look at First Person Imperfect.
"Original, emotional stories that pulse with angst and aspiration."
-William Hart, novelist, author of Never Fade Away
"These are stories where everyone wears their human-ness on their sleeve. Which is my favorite kind. On the page, and in real life."
-cin salach, poet, author of Looking for A Soft Place to Land
A portion of the proceeds from this book benefits Boys Hope/Girls Hope, a not-for-profit network of group homes for high-potential, at-risk Chicago-area youth. Go to www.boyshopegirlshope.org. Published with a grant from Northwestern University.
Editor/contributor Paul McComas is the author of two critically acclaimed books: the novel Unplugged and the short-story collection Twenty Questions. He is also the instructor of the nine other contributors to this anthology, who first studied with him in the Minicourse Program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. From left: Lisa Beth Janis, Carla Ng, Laura Allen-Simpson, Elizabeth C. Rossman, Drew Downing, Sarah Morrill Condry, Elizabeth Samet, Paul McComas, Emile Ferris and Betsy Doherty.