Making Good Time:
True Stories of How We Do, and Don't, Get Around in South Florida
Design by Topos Graphics Cover illustration by Anuj Shrestha
MAKING GOOD TIME: True Stories of How We Do, and Don't, Get Around in South Florida, edited and with an intruction by Lynne Barrett, is published by Jai-Alai Books. It contains 31 true transit stories, by 32 South Florida writers.
The anthology launched on Sept. 21, 2019 at Books and Books Coral Gables. You can order the book from the press or at any Books and Books branch. (Follow the link to Books and Books event info here.)
"If you've ever tried to get from one place to another in South Florida, you will love this book."
- T.D. Allman, author of Miami, City of the Future
"Hole onto your roof mattresses: Making Good Time is a loving, alarming, definitive collection of only-in-Miami road tales. Some of South Florida's most treasured writers tackle one of its true miseries—and now I'm nostalgic for I-95 traffic."
- Kenny Malone, Co-host of NPR's Planet Money
"Making Good Time takes us inside a car broken down on the side of an off-ramp, a divorce occuring in real time on a county bus, and a house being robbed by boat. A collection of wonderful true stories, the book imagineatively illustrates our our cities, infrastructures, and the way we get around shape our destinies and our lives."
- Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class
Diana Abu-Jaber, Chantel Acevedo, Preston L. Allen, Jan Becker, Madeleine Blais, Richard Blanco, Terence Cantarella, Antolin Garcia Carbonell, Joe Clifford, Jennine Capó Crucet, Anjanette Delgado, Denise Duhamel & Julie Marie Wade, Patricia Engel, M.J. Fièvre, Steven Harris, Fabienne Josaphat, Larry Lebowitz, Louis K. Lowy, Sammy Mack, Jennifer Maritza McCauley, Blanca Mesa, Nick Moran, Marina Pruna Moré, Lauren Doyle Owens, Alex Segura, Les Standiford, Thomas Swick, Monica Uszerowicz, Nick Vagnoni, Ana Veciana-Suarez, and Norma Watkins
Independent booksellers where readers have found or ordered Making Good Time:
Books & Books: The Coral Gables and Arsht stores have hosted Making Good Time events.You can find the book there and at their stores in Miami Beach, Bal Harbor, Coconut Grove, the Suniland Shops, and Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
Going to the Miami Book Fair? Come to the Making Good Time session on Sunday, Nov. 24, 11 A.M, featuring Lynne Barrett, Terence Cantarella, Jennine Capo Crucet, Sammy Mack, and Alex Segura with other stellar contributors to the anthology on hand for the conversation and to sign books afterwards.
The book launch at Books & Books in Coral Gables, FL
More News & Reviews
Magpies among the New Fiction at the
Santa Monica Library. Photo by Mel Ryane.
Why Magpies? You can read how Lynne got to this title over on the blog.
Dena Santoro has written an appreciation of the (bad) girls in Lynne' short stories, at Like Fire.
Laura Richardson's interview with Lynne about Magpies, plot, editing, and more is here at Sliver of Stone.
Chauncey Mabe asks: "Why does Lynne Barrett hate me?" in his review of Magpies. "If I were world dictator, Lynne Barrett would be locked in a room and forced to write one of her patented stories before being let out for brief periods of air and exercise . . . Barrett writes with such inventive insight, such respect for her characters, even the most flawed, that it comes across as clear, compassionate, and, for me at least, exhilarating.”"
Casey Pycior interviewed Lynne for his blog, The Story is the Cure. Among other things, we discuss how my story "Links" got inadvertently linked, and then delinked, online, unanticipated consequences of writing about the dot com world.
The book launch at Books & Books in Coral Gables, FL is described in this great blog by Geoffrey Philp.
Necee Regis interviews Lynne (and compares reading the collection to eating Belgian chocolates) at Beyond the Margins.
Angela Kelsey has done a four-part (they're short!) interview with Lynne on her blog. Topics covered include how a writer transforms bits of the past, use of place, how suspense is created in literary stories, and tips for writers.
Emma Trelles says Magpies is "an assemblage of delightfully strange stories" in her New Times list of best things about Miami.
Lynne's WLRN Topical Currents Interview can be heard by going to the About Lynne page or downloading the full show's MP3 here.
Ewa Joseffson, Flavorpill Miami, writes:
Miami author Lynne Barrett has done much for the literary community around these parts, as both the founding editor of Gulf Stream Magazine and the founder and editor of the Florida Book Review. Her third collection of short stories melds various styles and subjects, from the dot.com bubble (written with actual links in hyperblue, underlined font) and a sort of magical realism story about a gossip columnist — tales delineating the last decade's rapid move from boom to bust in an aesthetic of prose that's just as unpredictable as the times Barrett is describing. On her website, she writes: "...there are two human sides to magpie acquisitiveness: we can identify with the stubbornness of unreasonable desire, but we also fear it in others."