Philly Fiction 2


“A bunch of great short stories from local talent!” Philadelphia Magazine

“This collection does a wonderful job of gathering some of the area’s finest writers to conjure a vision of Philadelphia that is both realistic and touching. . . . Needless to say, the end result is a highly engaging collection that paints a moving picture of the City of Brotherly Love.” Small Press Reviews

“What I love about all of these stories is that they could be happening to anyone, anywhere. But there is also something uniquely Philadelphia about them.” Philly2Philly



This much anticipated follow-up to Philly Fiction features new voices and stories that capture the heartbeat of Philadelphia.

As unique and diverse as the people and neighborhoods that make up the city, the stories in Philly Fiction 2 reveal conflict and characters that are at once universal and intrinsically “Philadelphia.” A contractor known for his honestly slides into the sleazy world of loan sharks. A young girl from the suburbs is intimidated by the worldliness of Northeast Philly girls. In Roxborough a young couple kills time by visiting condos they have no intention of buying. In Center City a homeless woman haunts a woman who bears a likeness to her dead daughter. And in South Philly a plumber experiences the phenomenon of hoagie so good it causes orgasms.

Set in Northern Liberties, South Philly, Rittenhouse Square, Olney, Manayunk, Mount Airy, West Philly and other iconic Philadelphia neighborhoods, these powerful, humorous, must-read tales by established and up-and-coming writers invite readers to experience the City of Brotherly Love as they never have before.

Features stories by: Susan Balée, Marc Bookman, Emily Brochin, John Carroll, April Dobbins, Christine Flanagan, Beth Goldner, Elise Juska, Jan Kargulewicz, Liz Kerr, Bruce Langfeld, Benjamin Matvey, Kelly McQuain, Sandra Novack, Jon Petruschke, Joshua Roberts, Justin St. Germain, Rachel Toliver, Annie Wilson.

Edited by: Josh McIlvain, Christopher Munden, Greg November, Tracy Parker.


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