From issues #3-27 of The Quarterly, Jan Pendleton published stories with Lish but, unlike other writers with that much or less, there was never a Knopf collection. In fact, Pendelton’s resume shows no book but a lot of stories for The Q, Antoich review, Quarterly West, ect.
Pendelton’s Lish stories are all wonderful, of course, with first sentence s that dazzle:
“She remembers getting stoned on something mixed with something and driving around the apartment building again and again because she couldn’t get there because the apartment was on an island and she couldn’t drive through the water to get there.” (“Feathers and Hats,” Q 4)
“People think that mentally retarded people laugh at stupid things.” (Q 9, “House on the Avenues”)
Was Pendleton a Captain Fiction student in New York?
We call out to publishers who might read this blog to consider collecting Pendleton’s fiction into a book. It seems to us to be long overdue.