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"Where We Set Our Easel" is a micro collection of 11 prose pieces. The reader tags along when a boy and girl, still in college, meet. The narrative then follows their journey through hardships & kids, a battlefield accident, love lost and love regained.


Four Pushcart Prize-nominations (in 2020, 2021 and 2022), six for Best Microfictions (in 2020, 2021 and 2022), and thrice nominated for Best of the Net (2020, two times in 2022), and twice for Best Small Fictions (2020 and 2022), Mandira Pattnaik's writing is often praised and never duplicated. She has also been translated and highly commended by editors including Longlisting at Wigleaf Top 50 2022, Honorable Mention in CRAFT Flash Contest 2020, Highly Commended at Litro Magazine Summer Contest 2021, shortlisting at New Flash Fiction Contest 2022, RetreatWest Micro Fiction and Strands International, longlisting at SmokeLong Comedy Prize 2021, Brilliant Flash and AWC Furious Fiction.


Pattnaik's previus poetry and prose collections include “In the Glow of a Velvet Moon’”(Ghost City Press, Sep 2021), “Anatomy of a Storm–Weathered Quaint Townspeople” (Fahmidan, Nov 2022), and “Girls Who Don’t Cry” (Alien Buddha Press, Jan 2023).


40 Pages

Perfect with with spine.

ISBN: 979-8-88862-262-9

Published on May 23, 2023


Praise for Where We Set Our Easel

“Where We Set Our Easel is a marvel, a chapbook-length collection of stories that are as textured and nuanced as poetry yet novelistic in scope. The trajectories of the two main characters are set in motion from the first sentences of the initial story, a meditation on a Van Gogh painting that moves from a future time back to the snapshot of a. moment in front of a café that’s both sorrowful and ironic in its raw hope. Throughout the book, time is juggled—fast-forwarded and reversed, telescoped and microscoped— as the early, hopeful days of a marriage turn sour and ultimately dissolve. Like any great painting, the story here is in the details, the before and after of love, the intimacy of two lives as they converge and ultimately diverge.” — Sarah Freligh, author of A Brief Natural History of Women“These stories promise us a stirring experience, and they deliver, in immediacy, in resonance, in meaning, in a soul-touch we won’t soon forget.”— Tommy Dean, author of Hollows


“Mandira Pattnaik’s Where We Set Our Easel is a meditation on physical and temporal distance that considers the physics of existence and how love grows or erodes in accordance. She frames her novella as one would an exhibit, with each part tied together by endearing and complex characters, as well as a rich sense of place, unbound by time. So much dwells in possibility, in the fragments of memory; Pattnaik explores this tension and the resolution of loss through separation, extinction, or simply growing up. Ultimately, when she asks, “Do you see what I mean?” readers will respond, “Yes, and we can feel it, too.”— Alison Lubar, author of Philosophers Know Nothing About Love, queer feast, sweet euphemism, and It Skips a Generation"Told with a painter’s eye and poet’s heart, Where We Set Our Easel is sprinkled with Kakopo birds and towns fragrant with green apples, acacia, and peaches. It's dreamlike and lyrical, a story that will live with you long after you finish it.”— Francine Whitte, author of Just Outside the Tunnel of Love

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