In this quirky, humorous, and deeply human short story collection, Pushcart Prize-nominated author R.L. Maizes reminds us that even in our most isolated moments, we are never truly alone.
In We Love Anderson Cooper, characters are treated as outsiders because of their sexual orientation, racial or religious identity, or simply because they look different. A young man courts the publicity that comes from outing himself at his bar mitzvah. When a painter is shunned because of his appearance, he learns to ink tattoos that come to life. A paranoid Jewish actuary suspects his cat of cheating on him - with his Protestant girlfriend.
In this debut collection, humor complements pathos. Listeners will recognize themselves in these stories and in these protagonists, whose backgrounds are vastly different from their own - we’ve all been outsiders at some point.
"R.L. Maizes chronicles the comedy and absurdity of the human condition in her wry, whimsical debut, We Love Anderson Cooper..... Crafted without excess or stylistic extremity, Maizes’ stories have a refreshing forthrightness." (BookPage)
"Each succinct fictional nugget rolls inexorably along its own quirky trajectory, arrives at its own unexpected destination, and never overstays its welcome...this is a book about the heart." (Kirkus, starred review)
"Go ahead and add R.L. Maizes to any list of contemporary short story masters - We Love Anderson Cooper marks the debut of a major literary talent on a par with Lorrie Moore or George Saunders. With this heartfelt and witty collection, Maizes deserves a following equal to that of the real-life Anderson Cooper, the popular award-winning journalist and CNN news anchor." (Shelf Awareness)