Portland author, Alex Behr, reads from her recent short story collection, Planet Grim.
Behr is paired with San Francisco Street by Hilaire Hiler; found in the American Art, floor 2, gallery 208. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.
A woman muses on the influential men in her life, and the enduring significance of white pants. A grisly trial for a murder in which a son witnessed his mother s stabbing forces a juror to come to terms with the absence of her missionary son. A young father tries to resist lusting after his adoptive son s birth mother at a Mothers Day picnic. A widow tends to the garden of her mother-in-law to ameliorate their shared grief. In twenty-eight stories that draw blood while making you laugh, PLANET GRIM, the debut collection of Alex Behr, is a vivid, unsettling portrait of the gritty fringes of San Francisco and Portland, where complicated characters long for connection just out of reach. Behr is an idiosyncratic, unpredictable prose stylist with an edge and willingness to cut to the bone that makes her writing truly original.