How You Leave Texas Wins the 2013 Global Book Contest For Short Stories
Breaking News!! Alana Cash and How You Leave Texas placed first in the Short Story category of the GLOBAL BOOK CONTEST 2013. Congratulations, Alana!
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.
Here is an excerpt from the short story Camille's Net
She was late to work at Fastbinder’s Mortgage Company, and when
she arrived, the atmosphere in the office felt charged. Something was up. The
top managers were in an unscheduled conference call and no one knew why. No one
was working, so Camille called her mother to thank her for the flowers that
were already sitting on her desk.
“What do you and Walker have planned for tonight?” Elaine Morgan
asked her daughter.
Camille explained about the dinner.
“What is he getting you as a gift?”
“I don’t know, Mom. I’ve looked everywhere.”
“Well, have a wonderful time, honey,” her mom said.
It was ten o’clock when Camille got off the phone. The accounting department
surprised her with a birthday cake, sang to her, and gave her the card they had
all signed. Five minutes later, the managers were out of their meeting and
everyone got canned by one loud announcement from the District Manager.
“We’re sorry to have to tell you that you are all let go.”
That is all that Camille would ever clearly remember.
The mortgage company was belly-up. Those few employees who were
retained were being transferred to theLas Vegasbranch. Everyone was
in shock and had no time to express outrage or disappointment because they were
told to pack up all of their personal belongings and exit the building immediately.
Camille took the elevator down the four floors, amid grumblings from
secretaries and mortgage brokers.What about our benefits? I didn’t take all my vacation
this year. Someone ought to blow up the building. I stole a printer.
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
Her feature film, "Tom's
Wife," based on her novel of the same name, won awards all over the
Her documentary "Anna
Freud: Under Analysis," part of documentary trilogy on women in
science, was translated into German for broadcast in Austria, Germany