Finalist for the 2019 Montaigne Medal

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"Holly’s Hurricane, smartly set in the near future after a category 4 hurricane hits New York, will appeal to futurists and history buffs. An absorbing romantic novel that will make you think in new ways about the past, present and future of our most vulnerable cities as humankind battles climate change."— Laurie Gwen Shapiro , author of The Stowaway

"Here is New York City as we have never seen it, devastated by Hurricane Diana in 2040. Here too is our long overdue romantic heroine, Holly Williams, a sixty-year-old architect and immigrant struggling with ailing parents, unruly robotic aides, and an unexpected love interest twelve years her junior. Guided by a Virgil-like figure, Holly begins to realize at last her professional and personal potential as she embarks on a mission to preserve what's left of her adopted city. Prepare to be swept away by the sheer force of Holly's Hurricane—a fantastical ode to New York City's glorious and horrifying past, as well as a warning to us all for its future."— Molly Gaudry , author of We Take Me Apart

"Be prepared to travel through dimensions in time and space in Holly’s Hurricane. This is the kind of novel that haunts you, and you’ll find yourself thinking about it for days to come. You’ll become Holly, a brilliant architect, walking through the ruins of New York City in 2040 after a hurricane has devastated the city.  Gorgeously written and incredibly wise, it’s a page-turner that will leave you on the edge of your seat, wondering if you’ve just looked through the window of our very vulnerable future. But as Marie Carter asks, 'How could something so pretty and intricate emerge from some devastation?' Carter shows us that all is not lost, as she carves the beauty out of the destruction."— Liz Scheid , author of The Shape of Blue

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“Marie Carter’s The Trapeze Diaries is a tour de force performance—this is a writer transforming the things of daily life, the fears and struggles and unexpected glories, into weightless prose. Carter gets at the question we’re all trying to get at in one way or another: how, in this heavy world, against our own mortality and terror, can we break loose and fly? How can we get around the troubles in our own hearts and make our way toward joy? Carter finds the answer, both metaphorically and physically.”—Maria Dahvana Headley, author of The Year of Yes
“Not only the lyrical tale of one woman’s love affair with the trapeze, but a powerful story on becoming brave and letting go.”—Carolyn Turgeon, author of Rain Village
“A quiet meditation on loss and recovery…the narrator’s poignant voice has great clarity as she explores a new life far away from home while recovering from the death of her father. This is a brave and heartwarming book.”
—Donald Breckenridge, author of 6/2/95 and fiction editor of The Brooklyn Rail
"...I picked up The Trapeze Diaries, Marie Carter's latest almost-fiction endeavor from Hanging Loose Press, and found a brilliant reminder that it's never too late to join the circus. A collection of juxtaposed micro-moments from Carter's childhood in working-class Edinburgh to her path of self-discovery as a young woman in New York, this slim, no-frills narrative tells how Carter's grown-up love affair with the trapeze taught her the true tricks of bravery and courage in the face of loss and fear."—
“Marie Carter…has real talent…I think we all need to keep our eyes on this imaginative, bold woman’s writing. I predict she may well have a bright literary future.”—
“A young woman, quiet and overly cautious, with a literary bent, who finds herself newly transplanted from Scotland to the Naked City of New York, comes to terms with herself and the recent death of her father….Her fears and doubts have been and are very much my own, and may I dare say, perhaps yours?… A wonderful read. Highly recommended."—Doug Holder
"I just finished Marie Carter's The Trapeze Diaries and it was tremendous. In less than 90 pages, Marie's fascinating memoir touched my heart and soothed my soul many times over. Buy it, devour it and be amazed at this outstanding debut."—Mel Waggoner, First Choice Books
"…For Carter, finding the courage to conquer the trapeze becomes a metaphor for her battle against so many of the fears she carried into her adult life from her childhood. Having conquered the trapeze, she finally comes to peace with her father's death…The Trapeze Diaries is…filled with honesty on every page…Born and raised in Scotland, Carter, we discover, has come to New York City to find a new life and manages to overcome the fears and introversion instilled at home."—Spectacle Magazine
You can also read reviews online in  C urled Up,   Bookslut and  Foreword Magazin e .
WORD JIG is an anthology of Scottish writing edited by Marie Carter that includes work by award-winning writers such as Ali Smith, Anne Donovan, Andrew Greig, Michel Faber, Linda Cracknell, Christopher Whyte, Laura Hird, Suhayl Saadi, among many others and an introduction by Chapman editor Joy Hendry. 
The anthology has been praised by Chris Dolan, Chuck Wachtel, Alan Spence, and Aileen Christianson. 
WORD JIG also received a starred review in Kirkus where it was described as, "A vivid mix of realism and an engaging collection of prose poems, short stories and novel excerpts by 26 young Scottish authors...a welcome gathering that showcases an unusually energetic and entertaining new literary culture."
ISBN: 978-1-931236-25-9, $16.00.
List of Authors in WORD JIG
Ali Smith • Laura Hird • Karen Campbell • Rob Calum MacIllechiar • Christopher Whyte • Suhayl Saadi • Michel Faber • Morgan Downie • Nalini Paul • Edward Clapp • Dave Manderson • Andrew Greig • Robert Alan Jamieson • Julie Smith • Linda Henderson • Jen Hadfield • Elizabeth Reeder • Valerie Thornton • Ian Blake • Margaret Elphinstone • Gerry Stewart • Regi Claire • Ron Butlin • Anne Donovan • Tom Murray • Linda Cracknell

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