Sharp, funny, and dark, “Oh Honey” is a novel about identity and connection. Jane is a telemarketer. She uses a different name each time, and soon it becomes clear that she is calling the same man again and again. Each call is a new battle between them, with him becoming angrier and more threatening. But Jane isn’t calling him at random; Jane has a purpose; and Jane has a past which seems to change each time she tells it.
Praise for Oh Honey:
“A debut novel about a disaffected slacker who hides her troubles behind a witty façade […] Austin infuses the character of Jane with an easy charm […] As the story twists and turns in unexpected ways, it moves from amusing to terrifying—a transition that Austin also handles expertly. A well-crafted and engaging novel, even when the protagonist’s actions are hard to take.” – Kirkus Review
“A black humored checkerboard with ivory tiles of compassion […] Austin’s breath-taking cynicism, and laugh out loud one-liners, take the reader on a skillfully crafted journey […] The writer’s smooth and sinewy conversational writing style belies a razor-sharp opportunism and a wickedly warped perspective […] When you mix frivolous wit and unrelenting misfortune in the correct proportion you end up with a poignant portrait: a sweet-bitter nugget of life like multicolored jellybeans rolled in a crisp peppercorn crust. As a bonus, “Oh Honey,” has my favorite kind of ending…” – Madeline M, Reviewer
“WOW! Oh, Honey is a laugh out loud at times albeit dark short story […] I started reading this book in the morning and finished it by the afternoon. Gritty and awesome […] I laughed and felt morose all on the same page over and over […] Highly recommend.” – Anisa M, reviewer
“[T]his book was exactly what I needed today. It was brief, and angry, and perfectly dry humoured […] I loved it.” – Liz Laurin, reviewer