Anne Leigh Parrish Writer

What Nell Dreams

A novella & stories | Unsolicited Press 2020

In sixteen short stories and a novella, Anne Leigh Parrish explores the magic of life, love, and the soft boundary between fact and fantasy. The wife of an artist disappears under mysterious circumstances; a woman has the gift of taking away sorrow; another finds inner strength through writing poetry; and a great-grandmother spends the day sitting on a folding chair in a grocery store parking lot, contemplating the nature of the human heart..

Bronze medal winner in the short fiction category
–2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards

Finalist in the short story collections category
–2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Nominated for the 2021 pen/Faulkner award

Praise for What Nell Dreams

. . . these tales are also wonderfully worthwhile, courtesy of an indelible voice that leaves a lasting impression. – Kirkus Reviews

In What Nell Dreams, a masterful collection of sixteen short stories and a novella, Anne Leigh Parrish once again paints the lives of ordinary human beings in all of their poignancy, magic and verve. – Jacob M. Appel, author of Einstein’s Beach House

Anne Leigh Parrish’s collection, What Nell Dreams, lets readers peer into lives at that precious moment of transition and discovery. – Pam McGaffin, author of The Leaving Year