Virgins & Tricksters

My magic-realist short story collection Virgins & Tricksters was published in 2012 by Aqueous Books. When Aqueous shut its doors, I released a new edition, available as a paperback and on Kindle.

Veering between the realistic and the fabulist, these tales might best be described as whimsical-realist, or magic-absurdist. The settings range from the Caribbean to small-town Pennsylvania to a post-apocalyptic state forest. The first story in the book, “The Associated Virgins,” earned a Special Mention in the 2013 Pushcart Prize volume.


Reviews: Small Press Book Review, JMWW, Arts & Letters

Author interviews: “It Started with Pirates,” Fringe; “The Trickster Answers So Many Questions,” Fiction Writers Review

Other coverage: “Research Note” (essay about my research process), Necessary Fiction


Praise for Virgins & Tricksters

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“Full of succinct, smart tales rooted in and rooting around in a female-centered spirituality, [with] rich and strong characters and vivid particulars.”—Marge Piercy, author of Woman on the Edge of Time

“A captivating collection…. By blending precise realism with wild magic, Kearns subverts our expectations in subtle yet astounding ways.”—Small Press Book Review

“Kearns cleverly gets you to think, to feel, to question, to try to find meaning in everyday occurrences, for there is meaning in everything.”—jmww

“Brims with color and kinetic power. … Points at the byways where connection can unleash aché, the vital life force, present in everything.”—Katherine Vaz, author of Fado & Other Stories and Our Lady of the Artichokes

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