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Title: The History of the Baker’s Dozen
Author: Gary Fincke
Category: Fiction
Publication Date: August 6, 2024
Pages: 222
Binding: paperback
ISBN: 978-1-949790-94-8
Suggested Retail Price: $20.00

Claremont, CA – January 20, 2024 – Pelekinesis is pleased to announce the upcoming release of The History of the Baker’s Dozen, fiction from Gary Fincke, available August 6, 2024 worldwide.

The History of the Baker's Dozen, as the title suggests, bristles with stories full of excess and want. In Albatross, a beautiful former lifeguard, at a class reunion, confesses her ongoing wish to rescue a boy who drowned on her watch. In the title story, a baker, despite the number of doughnuts he adds to each dozen, cannot satisfy his customers. Extant’s aging married couple long for a renewal of desire in a house formerly owned by a well-known pornographer. An underprivileged college student, in Beauty, earns a supplemental income by exploiting customers who fantasize about photographs of her sexualized feet.
What an otherwise wide variety of characters share is a struggle with satisfaction. No matter the situation, from coming-of-age to mid-life to old age, the desire for more is ever-present. By turns, these engaging characters deal with anger, frustration, sexual desire, cultural shifts, work issues, and an assortment of other common issues deepened and made singular, even in these very short stories, by close precise observation. 

The History of the Baker’s Dozen by Gary Fincke will be available through Small Press Distribution, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Gardners, directly from the publisher's website, and in fine local bookstores worldwide.

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About the author

Since its inception, Gary Fincke has been co-editor (with Meg Pokrass) of the annual anthology Best Microfiction. His books have won the Flannery O’Connor Prize for Short Fiction, The Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Nonfiction Prose, and what is now the Wheeler Prize for Poetry. His latest book is a memoir-in-essays The Mayan Syndrome (Madhat Press, 2023). Besides having work chosen to appear in Best American Essays 2020 and Best Small Fictions 2020, he has recently published flash fiction at such sites as Craft, Wigleaf, Vestal Review, Atticus Review, Fractured Lit, Ghost Parachute, Pithead Chapel, New World Writing, and Flash Boulevard.

About the publisher

Pelekinesis is a small book publishing company focusing on the development of independent authors and artists by creatively embracing the evolving publishing paradigm and utilizing modern distribution platforms. Full catalog and press material can be found at


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