Fightball: Dying of Suck

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Fightball: Dying of Suck ... is the exaggerated and hyperbolic and mildly fictionalized story of Maj and Kallan, two wildly intelligent and hilarious sisters who navigate life from opposite ends of every point of view. Narrated by their mother, Fightball: Dying of Suck is a book about children for readers of all ages. This first installment of Fightball chronicles, as Maj describes it, "The time our family threw our lives up into the air and moved to Oregon." Kallan, who is prone to falsehoods, hints that there are vampires and dragons and magic spells (there are none of these), because, she insists, "Marketing is all about bait and switch."

A note to long-time readers of Pretty All True ... some of the stories in Fightball appeared first (and in altered form) on Pretty All True, although they have since been taken down. I offer this simply by way of disclosure, as Fightball: Dying of Suck stands on its own and then some.

Publisher: Pretty All True
Reviews:Bill Moore wrote:

I read. I laughed. I snorted. I coughed. I felt joy at the embrace of the crazy family I met five years ago. I made some notes. I laughed some more. I was soooooo happy. I think I read the book in three at bats over two days.

When I got to about page 150, out of the corner of my eye, I saw that the slider thing on the side of the laptop screen. It showed that I had less than half the book to go, and that made me so very sad, because I knew my joy and laughter was going to come to an end. Way. Too. Soon.

It did. And, boy, did you leave me wanting more!

Five stars, Kris.

The brilliance of your writing, to me, has always been that you have perfect pitch when it comes to dialogue. That is the rarest of gifts. The flow and word play and insanity of your brilliant children, and you being you, and Mark being him, are so very unique and wonderful. Making it look so easy is the hardest thing in the world to do.

At several points, when Maj was REALLY being Maj, it kept bringing crabby Lucy and Charlie Brown to mind. I could see a cartoon strip or MTV cartoon or whatever network does that kind of stuff now starring youse guys.

I could SO see that. If you did not have editorial/content control, you would hate the TV cartoon, but it would be ka-ching city if you did it. Maybe even Maj Action figures with VERY LOUD VOICE. And Kallan with a foxy slyness of mischief that makes you wait in anticipation for uber fun and trouble.


Sebastian Malloy wrote:

I love your children. I don't want them, but I love them. They are insane in the best possible way.

Nobody writes about children like you do. Nobody.

Fightball is MARVELOUS.

Aunt Cassidy wrote:


Seriously ... this book is excellent. You are an amazing writer.

Maj wrote:

"Mother, it's good. I actually laughed out loud a few times."

"Wait, you laughed out loud? My writing never makes you laugh out loud. That's AWESOME."

"Don't let it go to your head ... also, I made a list of typos and editing suggestions."


Kallan wrote:

"Mom, I'm telling people you are a raving lunatic who lives in a fantasy world and possibly I don't even know you."

"That's fine."

"As long as we're clear. And? I LOVE FIGHTBALL. I LOVE IT."


"Wait, is that the cover? A scribble? Seriously? WHY AM I NOT ON THE COVER?"

Hope Lies in Less

Short Stories

Book Cover: Hope Lies in Less
ISBN: 978-0-692-44186-2
Size: 5.50 x 8.50 in
Pages: 240
Pages: 246

Hope Lies in Less chronicles the unfolding of moments that might, in the normal course of things, go unnoticed except in their passing … Smoke takes flight. Linens are drenched in urine. Routes are traced red upon a map. Blue eggs shatter against the windshield. A girl does not fit in a dollhouse. Invisible ink writes farewell. A lock turns on a hinge-splintered door. Children appear in limbs. Upon the mundanity of everyday details, lives are laid bare and disassembled. This deeply intimate collection of stories explores the shadowed truths of the moments between moments. Within the tellings of threshold, these stories examine what it is to exist thoughtfully in this world … what it is to be human … what it takes to reconcile the darkness with the light and accept that in the end, we all stop casting shadows. Meaning exists, but so does absence. Hope lies in less.

Publisher: Pretty All True
Reviews:Seamh on Amazon wrote:

Worth every intense breath ... As a longtime reader of Pretty All True, familiar with Kris' unique voice, I felt that the beauty of Hope Lies In Less lay somewhere between the words and the spaces between them. One of the themes connecting the disparate stories is that both events and emotions can be defined by their absence, a beautiful and haunting thought. While several of these stories could easily become novels on their own, each story is beautifully fleshed out and cohesive from beginning to end. I truly loved this collection, and while it tends toward the dark and intense, I do not believe that should scare anyone away. Read this book. Be changed by it.

Christina Evans on Amazon wrote:

Profoundly beautiful ... You have rendered me speechless. Even in the darkness, you are a profound artist through dialogue.
It is beautiful in its sadness. I appreciate your wonderfully descriptive narratives; I always have. Amazing.

Alexandra on Amazon wrote:

Gorgeous and can't be rushed through ... I was able to enter and exit each story like a phantom mansion's rooms. This collection is beautiful. It moans and beckons like a ghost that only you can see. The stories here are deep without being difficult; heartbreaking without leaving you mired in pain. A lovely work that is a luxurious read. That is the best type of writing: when a reader says thank you, in the end. Thank you, Kris Wehrmeister.

Sebastian Malloy on Amazon wrote:

A strong collection from a powerful voice ... Kris Wehrmeister uses words like a magician, casting spells and charms, and drawing the reader in with a power of storytelling that refuses to let go, even long after the last page has been turned. Her stories draw maps from the head to the heart and back again, and leave you wanting to further travel the roads of her explorations. A must-buy collection.

M. Daley on Amazon wrote:

Kris has a way of writing that draws you in from the first sentence. Her book of short stories makes you want more. I would read a story and then go back and re-read it and come away with different thoughts and perspectives every time. Most books take you by the hand to a predetermined conclusion that the author think you should arrive at. Instead, Kris lets you get wander down that path all by your self. It is refreshing to find little stories that allow you to think and when you pass it on to your friends, because you will pass this on, a conversation about the path each of you took.
It is a highly satisfying book. Once that you will grab over and over again, just to read a story or two, ok just one more.

R B Keys on Amazon wrote:

Stand ready for a unique brand of beauty ...

I have been a reader of Pretty All True for a long while and could not wait to read Kris Wehrmeister's first book.
My breath hitched a bit as I started this work. It is different than Pretty All True and not what, I didn’t realize, I was expecting.
Surprised in what turned out to be a lovely way, I found myself rereading each story at least a few times.

It now feels like a beautifully crafted, perhaps crocheted heirloom. Intricately structured with skill, detail and wonderful open work- executed most carefully. Just enough left open to let the too warm escape or the cool breeze enter; just enough for the reader to discover one’s own interpretation while still held by the piece. A work beautiful in its shadows cast as well.

What a gift.

This is a book that I will keep close and continue to reach for. My favorite sort of heirloom.

And I can’t wait for the next.

To have and pass on.


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