Stealing Cherries by Marina Rubin - Literature with an Adrenaline Rush

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In the age of Facebook, Twitter, iPhone and text-messaging, you have a minute and a half to make your point otherwise it’s on to the next. That is exactly how long it takes to read one of Marina Rubin's stories in the modern vibrant collection Stealing Cherries hitting bookstores nationwide on November 5, 2013

"Precisely chiseled blocks of soulful, funny, heart-rending fiction. Every story is like a cherry on top of a cake...or a cocktail"—Ted Jonathan, author of Bones & Jokes

74 heart-rending stories, each in 150 to 300 words, this is literature with an adrenaline rush – each story has a plot, a conflict, a lesson, humor, and a spectrum of characters. Who are they? A family of five arrives at JFK with no English and two suitcases per person. Women searching for love at a local Jewish center with the same zest as in a Jamaican nudist colony. Strippers spending $3000 on underwear. They are looking for jobs, they wear bunny slippers to work, they have sex in the office under the scrutiny of security cameras. These characters are all too human, too familiar, too flawed, and just glamorous enough to be endearing and unforgettable.

Instantly accessible and comprehensible, this flash fiction collection can be enjoyed by everyone — a businessman on the train who has no time to read as well as a Contemporary Literature professor at a liberal arts college. Women everywhere will fall in love with this unique take on fashion mishaps and disasters in love. Stealing Cherries is today’s short attention span literature, a book for all seasons and people.

About the author:
Marina Rubin was born in the small town of Vinnitsa, Ukraine. The family left the former Soviet Union in 1989 seeking asylum. Her first chapbook Ode to Hotels (2002) was followed by Once (2004) and Logic (2007). Marina’s work had appeared in over 70 literary journals and anthologies. She is an associate editor of Mudfish, a Tribeca literary and art magazine and a 2013 recipient of COJECO Blueprint Fellowship. Her website is She lives in New York.

The book launch reception will take place on Thursday October 24, 2013 at 7.30PM at JCC Manhattan located at 334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street, New York, NY 10023. 646-505-5708, $20 includes a copy of the book. To purchase tickets please follow the link:

Copies of the book are available for review. Author is available for interviews.

Paperback: 96 pages Publisher: Manic D Press, Inc. (November 5, 2013) ISBN: 9781933149806, Distributed by Consortium/Perseus

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