Inner Passage is published today!

Congratulations to author Marlene Lee on the publication of her short story collection, Inner Passage, today. You can get your copy on Amazon, at or If you are lucky enough to live close to Columbia, Missouri, Marlene will be launching the book in person at Skylark Books on 14 November. For those of you who can’t make it, we are hosting the Zoom launch online today at 5pm BST/11am CDT/12pm EDT. Here are the joining details:

Topic: Inner Passage Book Launch
Time: Oct 28, 2023 05:00 PM London

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Meeting ID: 860 3529 5765
Passcode: dv8JQ5

About the Author

Woman sitting at desk in home

When she’s not reading, playing the piano, or talking to other writers, Marlene Lee holds down a table at the Lakota Coffee House in Columbia, Missouri, confronting blank pages during business hours and postponing the inevitable with another cup of coffee. Before writing full-time, she worked as a court reporter, carting her shorthand machine from place to place (eventual settings for her fiction) in a moveable feast: Brookings, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Chico, California; San Francisco; and New York City.

About the Book

“Marlene Lee’s collection Inner Passage takes readers on a journey from Sacramento to Missoula to New York where we meet characters in a motel or hotel, a diner, a motor home, a truck stop. Written in prose as windswept clean as the roads her characters travel, these are dogged, savvy people you know and you don’t know; and in the end we have a loving portrait of classic America at its best. The verve found in each of these stories is the ultimate, satisfying throughline.”

— Jocelyn Cullity, author, The Envy of Paradise

“Each story provides a passage into the shadows of human existence, where the characters navigate love, loss, grief, fear, abandonment, anxiety, physical disabilities, misunderstandings, and longings. The reader can’t help but be swept up in the interpersonal conflicts and existential dilemmas. If you cross the dark threshold into these stories, be sure to bring a flashlight.”

— Barbara Harris Leonhard, author, Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir

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