This Way to Departures ~ Linda Mannheim


What happens when we leave the places we’re from? What do we lose, and who do we become, and what parts of our pasts are unshakeable? 

Linda Mannheim’s second short story collection focuses on people who have relocated – both voluntarily and involuntarily. 

Opening with Miami-set political thriller, ‘Noir’, this exquisitely rendered set of stories will leave you reeling.

This Way to Departures is a deeply affecting portrait of American society and the constant search for a place to call ‘home’.

Linda Mannheim is the author of three books of fiction: Risk, Above Sugar Hill, and This Way to Departures. Her short stories have appeared in magazines in the US, UK, South Africa, and Canada. She recently launched Barbed Wire Fever, a project that explores what it means to be a refugee through writing and literature. Originally from New York, Linda divides her time between London and Berlin.

Further reading

Read: Facsimiles, Granta

Reviews: This Way to Departures, The Guardian

Prompt: Write the beginning of a story where the main character is leaving home.

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