Faulty Predictions

Stories by Karin Lin-Greenberg

Funny and empathetic stories about fractured bonds and the struggle to connect


"Karin Lin-Greenberg is a connoisseur of screwy family dynamics and outrageous situations. The ten inventive and diverse stories in this debut collection cover a lot of territory, from a pig on a city bus to the Half and Half Multicultural Club's 'Things Inside of Other Things' special event put on at the local nursing home. Here you will meet a man who smashes loaves of grocery store bread for the good of society, and you'll witness the Running of the Brides at Filene's Basement. Lin-Greenberg makes joyful sense of it all. What a pleasure it has been to read these wise and wonderful stories."
—Bonnie Jo Campbell, bestselling author of Once Upon a River​

"The stories in Karin Lin-Greenberg's debut collection are gems. Her characters walk the narrow line between comedy and tragedy, a lean territory that Lin-Greenberg navigates with skill and grace. I loved her curmudgeonly grandfathers, her young parents and college students and recovering alcoholics, her feuding septuagenarian housemates and fading talk show hosts. The range in this book is deep and marvelous. What fierce talent Lin-Greenberg has."
—Christine Sneed, author of Little Known Facts and Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry

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In Karin Lin-Greenberg’s Faulty Predictions, young characters try to find their way in the world and older characters confront regrets. In “Editorial Decisions,” members of the editorial board of a high school literary magazine are witnesses to an unspeakable act of violence. Two grandmothers, both immigrants from China, argue over the value of their treasures at a filming of Antiques Roadshow in “Prized Possessions.” In “A Good Brother,” a sister forces her brother to accompany her to the Running of the Brides at Filene’s Basement. A city bus driver adopts a pig that has been brought onto the bus by rowdy college students in “Designated Driver.”

The stories in Faulty Predictions take place in locales as diverse as small-town Ohio, the mountains of western North Carolina, and the plains of Kansas. Lin-Greenberg provides insight into the human condition over a varied cross section of geography, age, and culture. Although the characters are often faced with obstacles and challenges, the stories also capture moments of optimism and hope.


Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction

Page count: 192
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5


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Karin Lin-Greenberg’s fiction has appeared in literary journals including the Antioch Review, Epoch, Kenyon Review Online, and North American Review. She lives and teaches creative writing in upstate New York.