This Way to Departures
Linda Mannheim

'Mannheim’s restive tales of her desiccated stretch of New York provoke and abide like a slap.'
– Eimear McBride

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'.

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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

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

“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

'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

‘There’s anger, righteous indignation and sorrow in these stories, relatable characters and situations and solid connections with the real world that belie its theme of dislocation.’
The Herald

‘I couldn’t be more impressed with the quality and style of her writing.’
Never Imitate

This Way to Departures is a wonderful companion piece to Above Sugar Hill. It looks more deeply at the individuals and their reaction to the places they find themselves living in and the people they find themselves living among.’
What I Think When I Think About Reading

‘The work of an increasingly ambitious and confident writer, striking off in a range of new directions.’

Paperback ISBN: 9781910312438

Ebook ISBN: 9781910312445

Publication date: 3rd October 2019

Formats: Paperback / eBook