Shellie Zacharia

Shellie Zacharia lives and teaches in Gainesville, Florida. Her stories have appeared in Washington Square, The Pinch, Sou'wester, Los Angeles Review, Opium, Keyhole, and elsewhere.


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Shellie Zacharia

Release Date: October 20, 2009

ISBN: 978-0982151242

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"Like a buffet of desserts, Shellie Zacharia's stories are colorful, rich, and occasionally outrageous. Zacharia's intelligent prose delivers." —Stefanie Freele, author of Feeding Strays

"Funny, sad, touching and always entertaining, Shellie Zacharia's stories are little nuggets of human longing, a bittersweet blend of laughter and melancholy. Now Playing is a luminous collection overflowing with deft turns of phrase and sparkling wit, and an array of quirky, flawed characters we laugh at and laugh with. Zacharia strikes hard with humor, tenderness, and the sad realization that we all want something beyond our reach. The voices are pitch perfect; I can follow her characters anywhere, from a Bed Bath & Beyond to a guitar lesson class to your momma s disco. However outrageous or uproarious the situation, I always sympathize with the characters and wish along with them for a better place than where they are now." —John Wang, editor of Juked

"The characters in Shellie Zacharia's stories--usually female, always funny--enter these pages slightly perplexed by the world around them, confused and hurt by its failure to live up to their expectations. Expressed as daydreams and fantasies tainted by partially overcome regrets and past guilts, these once-high hopes are the true antagonists of these hilarious stories. Even when faced with long odds, Zacharia's characters carry on, persisting in their pursuits of happiness, resisting easy and formulaic epiphanies in favor of the truer triumphs recorded here, each one earned with cosmic charm and considerate compassion. Now Playing is a work of great grace, rendered with inviting, entrancing sentences that glitter forth from each and every page, and is a must read debut collection of short fiction." —Matt Bell, author of How They Were Found 



"Zacharia gets it. She hooks us, she entertains us, she wordpaints with a palette of colors we can 'see' and 'taste' and never tricks us with the ending... I want to follow Shellie Zacharia around for a day. I want to see the car she drives, I want to eat what she eats, and I want to talk with her about how she does what she does." The Short Review

"With her adeptness for characterization and dialogue, Zacharia manages to render stories that offer deeper connections, insights, and truths, often including compelling flourishes of humor. She does so remarkably in this collection without weighing down her narratives with 'literary' concerns and pretensions. Her stories are like songs, each containing a melody, hook, and bridge—you end up wanting to listen over and over again." The Pedestal Magazine

"Zacharia is the friend we all have—the funny one, the witty one who we wish we could be as quick as. Most importantly, though, Zacharia's humor is backed by heart. This collection feels like a bag of Pop Rocks—the stories are short, quick bursts of flavor that are sometimes sweet, sometimes tart, and sometimes painful. But, like the crack of flavored sugar between your teeth, they are wholly satisfying." The Summerset Review