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'. 

“Wherever she goes, and however grim things get, Linda Mannheim retains her compassion and irrepressible curiosity about what makes people do the things they do, and the ways we damage and heal each other.”

– Chris Power, author of Mothers

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About the author


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.

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Praise for Linda Mannheim

'Mannheim’s restive tales of her desiccated stretch of New York provoke and abide like a slap.'
– Eimear McBride, author of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

'Wonderful, affecting stories.'
– Irenosen Okojie, prize winning author of Speak Gigantular

'Linda Mannheim’s smouldering vignettes of New York life are both achingly sad and beautifully wrought. These are stories to re-read and savour.' 
– Stuart Evers, author of Your Father Sends His Love

Paperback ISBN: 9781910312438

Ebook ISBN: 9781910312445

Publication date: 3rd October 2019

Formats: Paperback / eBook