Katie Jean Shinkle

Katie Jean Shinkle is the author of five books of prose, most recently None of This Is an Invitation. A Lambda Literary fellow, she serves as co-poetry editor of DIAGRAM and teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing program at Sam Houston State University.

Tannery Bay

Through dreams, images, and language that explode from the pages like a supernova, this unique and moving novel explores profound questions of inequality, the price of our dignity under capitalism, and the pulsating vibrancies of life.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Tannery Bay

Steven Dunn and Katie Jean Shinkle

Beautiful Soon Enough, by Margo Berdeshevsky (FC2, 2009)

2024

Quality Paper
ISBN 978-1-57366-205-5

EBook
ISBN 978-1-57366-907-8

Enter a world where time stands still and summer never ends. In the enchanted town of Tannery Bay, it’s July 37, and then July 2 again, but the year is a mystery. Trapped in an eternal loop, the residents embark on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery, unity, and defiance against the forces that seek to divide them.

Otis and Joy, intrepid siblings, work with their family and friends to oppose a formidable adversary: The Owners. These cunning and ruthless old men, driven by insatiable greed, hold the town hostage, exploiting its resources and dividing its people.

A powerful #OwnVoices narrative, Tannery Bay is a captivating tale of Black Joy and Queer Joy and the ways in which family is both biological and chosen, where love transcends boundaries, and where art is a vehicle for change.

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Tannery Bay is an unforgettable novel populated with characters who haunt like ghosts in a graveyard. Through dreams, images, and language that explode from the pages like a supernova, this unique and moving novel explores profound questions of inequality, the price of our dignity under capitalism, and the pulsating vibrancies of life.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine, author of Woman of Light

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Steven Dunn and Katie Jean Shinkle have created an exceptional exploration of how place shapes a person, which seamlessly hums beneath a world of taunting, endless Julys. Tannery Bay‘s fresh prose feels at once immediate and timeless while it unravels the enigmatic town’s secrets.

Elle Nash, author of Deliver Me and Gag Reflex