"When an anthology is dedicated to the great and greatly versatile singer Eva Cassidy and the much-missed artist Susan Davis, along with four other Washington women who died young, you know you're in wise and sensitive hands. Richard Peabody has been a mainstay of the D.C. literary scene for 30 years, whether editing Gargoyle magazine or compiling collections like Grace and Gravity: Fiction by Washington Area Women (Paycock; paperback, $14.95). There are more than 30 stories in this hefty paperback, but nearly all of them possess a brash swagger and sexiness that may surprise. Isn't Washington supposed to be staid? This volume is not only an important showcase but also a lot of fun." -- Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World, 12/5/04
"Local literary fixture Richard Peabody is the editor of Grace and Gravity: Fiction by Washington Area Women. The anthology of short stories, most previously unpublished, includes Sophy Burnham, Donna Hemans, Nani Power, Mary Kay Zuravleff, and others." --William O'Sullivan, "Just What I Wanted," Washingtonian, 12/04
"Paradoxically, the most universal thing about the stories from the seven Montgomery County authors in the "Grace and Gravity" anthology -- indeed, about the stories from all 32 women included in the collection -- is their diversity."-- By Gwen Glazer, The Gazette, 11/23/2004
Grace and Gravity: Fiction by Washington Area Women
Richard Peabody (ed.)
Available from Amazon.com or, in the D.C. area, at: the Brian MacKenzie Info Center, Chapters, Chocolate Chocolate, Politics & Prose, Olsson's Books & Records, The Reprint Bookshop, and the Writer's Center
Featuring works by:
Cover by Jody Mussoff
Enhanced Gravity, a 2nd volume of fiction by DC area women is tentatively planned for 2005/2006.
Included in New & Noteworthy Books at NewPages.com
Reviewed in Washington City Paper
Reviewed in the Montserrat Review
Reviewed in Women's Monthly magazine
"In this exciting anthology, a broad spectrum
of stories illuminate the depth, breadth, and variety of women writers
in the D.C. area. Kudos to Richard Peabody of Gargoyle for
providing a stellar venue in a neighborhood where female literary artists
aren’t heard from nearly enough, and for giving story lovers everywhere
a chance to discover the voices gathered here."
"A striking anthology of new stories that shows the range of women
writing for a new century—compelling and original."
"The stories in Grace and Gravity map diverse emotional and geographic
territories—young lovers in Kampala discovering the boundaries
of sexual joy; a young wife, transplanted to Florida, tricked into a
threesome; Kurt Cobain's imaginary twin narrating from the womb—it's
no accident these stories are part of a lively anthology by Washington
area women. In a time when the mention of Washington consistently evokes
political polarization, it's a pleasure to find this gathering of sharp-eyed
perceptions by writers of substance and wit."