Shift Drink (Spork Press 2020) – Story Collection

Shift Drink is part cocktail book, part story collection, and wholly encompassing of a world in which characters attempt and fail to connect with one another.

An agitated bartender learns of his immigrant co-worker’s past, a priest recounts his sister’s death, a young skater looks into his uncertain future, a man attends a wedding following his lover’s unforeseen death, Brian Wilson sends subliminal messages to a fan, a young mother must decide between her boyfriend and the safety of her child, a man attempts to recall misconstrued incidents from his childhood, and more moments in this collection highlight the absurdity of life with accompanying drink recipes.

“In Joshua Bohnsack’s Shift Drink, he has created something wholly new: a story collection you can drink to. In these stories full of flip phones and tiny moments, school memories and face tattoos that say STARE, Bohnsack dives deep into what we consume and what consumes us. Complete with drink mixes that complement the text, Bohnsack shows us more than just what we drink, but the true ingredients of our lives.”

– Scott McClanahan, author of The Sarah Book

“Something like Jacob and the angel Joshua Bohnsack’s characters wrestle until morning with the eternal passions of the heart — romance, faith, and the desire to be redeemed. In the spirit of Leonard Michaels and James Salter, Joy Williams and Stu Dybek, Bohnsack’s Shift Drink marks a luminous new chapter in the book of American short fiction.

– Tim Taranto, author of Ars Botanica

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