Hybrid | Sex Romp Gone Wrong: Julia Ridley Smith in conversation with Meagan Lucas

The image shows the cover of Sex Romp Gone Wrong and the headshots of author,Julia Ridley Smith and the conversation partner, Meagan Lucas.

Malaprop's welcomes Julia Ridley Smith in conversation with Meagan Lucas to discuss Sex Romp Gone Wrong: Stories. 

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In her debut story collection, Julia Ridley Smith navigates the currents and eddies of desire, sex, love, and relationships.

These twelve highly accomplished stories are witty and accessible, intelligent and thought-provoking. A girls' week at the beach prompts hot tub drinking, awkward confessions, and a poignant reconsideration of friendship. A caregiver extracts a small repayment from her elderly patient for his long-forgotten role in the demise of her family. A young woman, new to New York City, finds herself in a complex but tacky love affair and reckons with the unfolding plot of her life. In the title story, a woman plots to conceive a second child while at a convention hotel with her husband and teenage daughter, both of whom have other plans. Smith’s stories will beguile and delight readers while at the same time exploring the deep and often difficult ties of family, marriage, and romantic love in modern life.


Sex Romp Gone Wrong is Julia Ridley Smith’s first story collection. Her first book, The Sum of Trifles, is a memoir published by the University of Georgia Press (2021) as a title in their Crux literary nonfiction series. Julia’s short stories and essays have appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, American Literary Review, Arts and Letters, the Carolina Quarterly, Chelsea, Ecotone, Electric Literature, the Greensboro Review, the New England Review, Southern Cultures, and The Southern Review, among other places. Julia teaches creative writing at UNC Chapel Hill.

Meagan Lucas is the author of the award-winning novel, Songbirds and Stray Dogs and the collection, Here in the Dark. Meagan is Pushcart, Best of the Net, Derringer, and Canadian Crime Writers’ Award of Excellence nominated, and won the 2017 Scythe Prize for Fiction. Her short story “The Monster Beneath” was noted as Distinguished in 2023 Best American Mystery and Suspense and Songbirds and Stray Dogs was North Carolina’s selection for the Library of Congress Center for the Book’s 2022 Route 1 Reads program. She teaches Creative Writing at Robert Morris University and in the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNC-A. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Reckon Review. Born and raised on a small island in Northern Ontario, she now lives in Flat Rock, NC.


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Books: 
Sex Romp Gone Wrong By Julia Ridley Smith Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781958888117
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Blair - February 6th, 2024

The Sum of Trifles By Julia Ridley Smith Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9780820360416
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Georgia Press - November 1st, 2021

Here in the Dark: Stories By Meagan Lucas Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781956957204
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Shotgun Honey Books - July 14th, 2023

Songbirds and Stray Dogs By Meagan Lucas Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781599487526
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Main Street Rag Press - August 1st, 2019