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Termination Shocks

In astronomy, the termination shock is the boundary that marks the outer limits of the sun's influence—the ripple outward of our solar wind and its collision with the interstellar medium. This debut collection of stories evokes those moments when lives are unpredictably shaken and reset by forces beyond their grasp.

Making use of a diverse array of narrative modes, settings, and voices, these stories traverse space and time, moving from Egypt during the Second World War to modern-day Liberia and an unfamiliar Los Angeles. The title story, "Termination Shock," offers a lyrical exploration of two traumatic moments in a woman's life that occur decades apart and continue to reverberate in humorous and poignant ways. Janice Margolis shows us characters on the precipice of change—including a narrator in fevered quarantine following the death of her mother from Ebola, a cross-cultural love in a swiftly transforming Syria, and the desolation of the Berlin Wall, which from its various sectors and coordinates, confesses its crimes and mourns its destruction.

About the Author

JANICE MARGOLIS is a Los Angeles–based writer, choreographer, and filmmaker. The recipient of Massachusetts Artists Foundation and Irish Film Board grants, her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Dance Magazine, and the Boston Globe, and presented by Harvard University's Fogg Art Museum and Boston University.


"Janice Margolis has a completely unique style of imagining, and a gift for making her imaginings vivid. Her prose is sharply syncopated and full of surprises. The world feels freshly seen, freshly inhabited."—Sven Birkerts, author of Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age

"Each of the stories in Janice Margolis's Termination Shocks presents a vision of reality fractured into strangeness, yet eerily familiar. This is a singular collection from a truly skilled new voice in fiction."—Sabina Murray, author of Valiant Gentlemen: A Novel

"A vigorous and inspired collection of unique fiction, widely roaming, wildly unreeling, with cracks so wide a lion enters. Janice Margolis is a fearless and compassionate writer of impressive scope and cogency."—Rikki Ducornet, author of Brightfellow: A Novel and The Deep Zoo
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