The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days

Familiar to readers of The New Yorker, the Cursing Mommy's expletive-laden exploits have included such botched endeavors as circumventing expensive caterers by composing one's own disastrously elaborate cocktails. Now humorist Ian Frazier brings this hair-trigger matriarch to the pages of a novel packed with laughs and four-letter words.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.