1960s. Gulf Coast Texas. A white high school girl tinkers with the invisible pieces of her life.
Lisa Sandlin was born in the Gulf Coast oil town of Beaumont, Texas. She’s the author of The Famous Thing About Death, Message to the Nurse of Dreams, In the River Province, You Who Make the Sky Bend, a collaboration with New Mexican santera Catherine Ferguson, and a coeditor of Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace. Her work has won numerous awards, including a Pushcart Prize and a Best Book of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters. “Phelan’s First Case,” included in this volume, was a finalist for the 2011 Shamus Award.