How You Leave Texas is a volume of three short stories and a novella about four young women who leave Midland, Austin, Fort Worth and Mayville, Texas for New York, California, Jakarta, and in one instance, jail. They seek escape from boredom and sorrow and find it. The stories are hilarious, tragic, revelatory.
I picked up the phone and called Mehta.
When he answered I asked, “Do you want to meet me somewhere and hang out for a while?”
“I can’t. I’m in the middle of tinting the hair under my arms.”
“Mehta, I’m in a quandary.”
“That guy Zach called and we’ve got a date to meet at his house on Saturday night.”
“Did he mention anything about electric appliances or a collie suit?”
“A live studio audience.”
“Acrobatics? Bondage? A trained flea circus?”
“I can understand your quandary. I wouldn’t want to go either.”
“It’s not going I’m worried about. It’s leaving.”
“Just don’t leave anything behind,” he said. “Hold on a minute, the timer just went off.”
He put the phone down and I heard water running in the background. Mehta rinsing his armpits. Then there was silence as he viewed his underarm handiwork in the mirror.
“Now where were we,” he said when he picked up the phone again.
“How does it look?”
“Cheerful. Now, about the date.”
“I’m not sure I’ll have a good time.”
“My, what a poor attitude. If you don’t have a good time, steal something.”
“Take a little souvenir. An ashtray, a towel, a Ming vase.”
“Anything you particularly want for your apartment?”
“Let me think. I’d like something crystal. You can never have enough crystal.”
“You don’t have any crystal.”
“See what I mean.”
I thought that scene was witty and very funny!
Alana Cash is an adventurer. She’s trekked alone through war-torn Serbia and has slept in a KGB interrogation room in Prague. She’s been to a gypsy fair in rural England, a bullfight in Laredo, and parasailing in Acapulco. She’s been inside the New York Stock Exchange and eaten in J. Pierpont Morgan’s home dining room. She’s gone on a ride-along in a New York City patrol car and kissed a man inside the Norman Bates Psycho house at Universal Studios. She’s been a lifeguard, legal secretary, accountant, writer, teacher, filmmaker and artist.
Her experiences are inspiration for her work as an acclaimed writer and filmmaker.
- She was one of 60 US teachers profiled on the PBS series, “A Writer’s Exchange,” for her talent as a teacher at the University of Texas Informal Classes – many of her students published and won writing awards
- Her feature film, “Tom’s Wife,” based on her novel of the same name, won awards all over the world
- Her documentary “Anna Freud: Under Analysis,” part of documentary trilogy on women in science, was translated into German for broadcast in Austria, Germany & Switzerland.
Now, add to that Alana Cash and How You Leave Texas placed first place in the Short Story category of the GLOBAL BOOK CONTEST 2013.
Alana will be awarding a screen printed camisole (What Happens in the Bedroom Stays in the Bedroom) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour as well as a screen printed Brass Nuts t-shirt to another commenter. Also, everyone who reviews the book will receive their choice of a camisole or T-shirt.
BLURB BLITZ TOUR
7/8/2013 The Dan O’Brien Project
7/8/2013 SECOND STOP Andi’s Book Reviews
7/9/2013 You Gotta Read Reviews
7/9/2013 SECOND STOP Harlie’s Books
7/10/2013 Reviews by Crystal
7/11/2013 Musings and Ramblings
7/12/2013 Danita Minnis
7/15/2013 Full Moon Dreaming
7/15/2013 SECOND STOP The Book Tart
7/16/2013 Sandra’s Blog
7/17/2013 Loose the Hounds
7/18/2013 Tina Donahue Presents
7/19/2013 A Writer’s Life
7/22/2013 Worlds of Possibilities
7/23/2013 Desiree Holt
7/24/2013 Janna Shay’s Fair Play
7/25/2013 Renee Luke
7/26/2013 Margay Leah Justice
7/29/2013 Linda Nightingale-Wordsmith
7/30/2013 Lindsay’s Scribblings
7/31/2013 Hope Dreams. Life… Love
8/1/2013 The Snarkology of a Romance Author
8/2/2013 Pink Fluffy Hearts: Diary of a Coffee Addict