Guest host Kate Burton presents four unusual love stories, with elements of comedy, mystery, and the fantastical.

The narrator of the first story, by David Galef, has had enough of modern women, with their needs, and wants, and clothes, and chit-chat.  He wants to tell you all about “My Date with Neanderthal Woman.” Galef is the author of the novels How to Cope with Suburban StressFlesh, and Turning Japanese, the short-story collections Laugh Track and A Man of Ideas, and Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook. Reader Giullian Yao Gioiello’s credits include “Julie’s Greenroom,” “Catfight,” and “The Carrie Diaries.”
It’s raining old boyfriends and ex-husbands—literally—in Marie-Helene Bertino’s “Edna in Rain.”  Bertino’s published work includes the novel 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas and the short story collection Safe as Houses, which was the recipient of The Iowa Short Fiction Award.  Other awards include the O. Henry Prize and a Pushcart Prize.  Bertino teaches at NYU and at the Institute for American Indian Arts.
“Edna in Rain” is read by Colby Minifie, whose screen credits include “The Winning Season,” “Don’t Think Twice,” “Submission,” and “Radium Girls.”  On television she had a recurring role on “Jessica Jones,” and also appeared on “Nurse Jackie,” “Law & Order SVU,” and “Black Box.”  On stage she’s appeared inn “Long Day’s Journey into Night” and “Six Degrees of Separation.”
In our third story, Sam Ruddick’s “Leak,” an extra-marital affair becomes a comedy of errors. Ruddick is an award-winning fiction writer whose stories have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, Prairie Fire, North American Review, among other literary magazines. Awards include the Henfield Prize for fiction and a PEN/O’ Henry Award.  He teaches at Auburn University.  Reader Peter Sagal is the host of the popular public radio quiz show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.”
Acclaimed author Isabel Allende began weaving her magical literary spell with The House of the Spirits; her most recent novel is The Japanese Lover. Among her most beloved works are the Eva Luna stories, which include the one featured here, “The Little Heidelberg.”  It has her trademark combination of magical realism, tender humor, and love, as the denizens of an improbable Tyrolean café in the middle of the Caribbean dance and interact.  Reader Kathleen Turner is a Tony and Oscar-nominated actor known for work in films such as “Romancing the Stone,” “Prizzi’s Honor,” “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “Roger Rabbit,” and “The War of the Roses.”   On stage she’s appeared in “Crimes of the Heart,” “The Graduate,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “On the Twentieth Century,” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” among others.
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