On the Rocks is a comic novella that explores serious issues. In the aftermath of her best friend and lover’s death, Eva finds herself swept up in the events leading to her mother’s second marriage. From the bridal shower her mother is planning for herself, to an impromptu mother-daughter trip to a New Jersey spa, Eva finds herself conjuring the past as she tries to negotiate the present. Meanwhile, a secret threatens Eva’s and her mother’s relationship. The novella’s seaside setting of Ship Bottom, New Jersey, was inspired by Theodora Bishop’s visits to the shore. Bishop is also interested in grief and anxiety and how these two experiences collide within a family.
Theodora Bishop’s poetry and short stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Prairie Schooner, Arts & Letters, and Short Fiction (England), among other journals, anthologies, and exhibits. A Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets nominee, Bishop was the winner of The Cupboard’s 2015 contest for her short story chapbook, Mother Tongues, judged by Matt Bell. Theodora Bishop holds an MFA from the University of Alabama and is pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston.