Rachel King’s linked collection, Bratwurst Haven, stories that trace vocational and emotional bargains made by diverse, complex, and authentic characters, is available for preorder. You can buy it from Annie Bloom’s (signed!), Powell’s (signed!), Bookshop, Barnes&Noble, Amazon, or from your local bookstore.
Rajia Hassib, author of A Pure Heart, says, “Often hovering on the cusp of some potential change, the characters in Bratwurst Haven’s beautifully written stories share a yearning for more—a better relationship or job or simply a chance to feel content. These all-too-relatable struggles make the stories not only engrossing but also an intriguing and tenderly rendered study of this flawed world we call home.”
Wendy J. Fox, author of What If We Were Somewhere Else, says, “In these twelve linked short stories, Rachel King captures the magic of the American mountain west and the people who call it home. Her characters take work in a sausage factory, pull shifts at a bar to fund their art, struggle with booze and pills, or end up with a haircut after losing at poker. They also care for one another, offering kindnesses both large and small. In Bratwurst Haven, King uncovers the complicated ways humans connect, and she gives it to us in prose that is as crystal clear as a bright Colorado day.”
Read an interview with Rachel about the collection here.
Upcoming Events for Bratwurst Haven
Tuesday, November 1: Annie Bloom’s with Rajia Hassib (virtual)
Thursday, November 3: White Whale Books with Kristine Langley Mahler (virtual)
Friday, November 4: Powell’s in Portland with Kimberly King Parsons
Monday, November 7: West Virginia University in Morgantown with Laura Leigh Morris and Crystal Good
Tuesday, November 8: Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore with Marian Crotty
Wednesday, November 9: Politics & Prose in Washington, DC with Mary Kay Zuravleff
Thursday, November 10: Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC with Heather Frese
Rachel King’s novel, People Along the Sand, about the pleasures and limits of solitude for five distinct and deeply human characters, centered around the passing of the 1967 Beach Bill, the legislation that made all Oregon beaches public land, was published in 2021. You can buy it on Bookshop, Barnes&Noble, Powell’s, or Amazon, or from your local bookstore.
Kirkus calls the novel, “A revealing and contemplative tale about people tied to a wondrous, harsh landscape.”
Kathleen Rooney, author of Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey, says, “Profoundly attuned to the natural environment and its impact on all those who live there, Rachel King’s vivid People Along the Sand takes a lucid and discerning look at how people can belong to a place and whether or not a place can really belong to a person.”
Contact Rachel King at rkingpdx [at] gmail [dot] com.