The Unremarkable Circumstances of
Sage's debut novel tells the story of an abused young man who finally finds happiness with two itinerants living on a small sailboat only to lose everything when he gets indicted for receiving child pornography.
Red City Review's Best Debut Novel of 2018
The Venturi Effect
Love and Other Misunderstandings
An itinerant freegan, a burned-out criminal-defense attorney, and a fruitcake-turned-firecracker are just some of the characters and surprises Sage offers in her debut story collection.
The pieces presented here include a number of award nominees and winners, such as “Francis Roy Winters, Esq., Dives Off a Dock” (short listed for the 2018 Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Prize) and “Queen” (second place in the 2017 Hackney Literary Awards).
The Eleventh Virgin
(Introduced by Sage Webb)
After fleeing the crush of a partnership at a large Chicago criminal-defense firm and a professional breakdown, Devlin Winters just wants to be left alone with a couple sundowners on the deck of her dilapidated mahogany trawler on Galveston Bay. But when an old flame shows up on the boardwalk with a mysterious little boy in tow and an indictment on his heels, fate has other plans, and Devlin finds herself thrust onto a sailboat bound for St. Kitts and staring down her demons in the courtroom, as she squares off against an obsessed prosecutor with a secret of his own.
Sage truly valued the opportunity to introduce this new edition of Dorothy Day's 1924 novel of seeking, social activism, love, and crisis. Taking readers to the front lines of suffragette protests, last century's flu epidemic, and New York City's radical left of the early twentieth century, Day provides a gripping read for anyone looking to experience the Jazz Age in a new light.
Summing Up Sage
Sage spent over a decade in federal criminal defense before turning to fiction. Red City Review named her debut novel, The Unremarkable Circumstances of Inmate 17656-090 (Martin Brown 2018), its Best Debut Novel in its 2018 Book Awards. For short stories, Sage has received a number of awards, including second place in the 2017 Hackney Literary Awards, semi-finalist status in Ruminate Magazine’s 2018 William Van Dyke Short-Story Prize, and a place on the short list for the 2018 Chester B. Himes Memorial Short-Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in the Birmingham Arts Journal, Outside the Window (a Texas anthology of short fiction), the Ocotillo Review, Life Is Good Magazine, and Notre Dame’s Grotto Network. In nonfiction, she received honorable mention in Flyway’s 2017 Notes from the Field Contest, her legal scholarship has appeared in law reviews and bar journals, and she has taught legal writing (and numerous other legal seminars) for bar associations.
After enjoying a life in public defense, she founded a commercial-and-legal research and writing firm and then served a non-profit organization as Vice President of Content Strategy and Publications. Currently, she enjoys her role as senior editor for Stoneman House Press. In 2020, Michigan’s Mackinac State Historic Parks named her an artist in residence, and she has served as a panelist/moderator for two Houston Writefests. She is an active-level member of International Thriller Writers and a professional member of PEN America. She and her husband live on a small sailboat on Galveston Bay with a ship's cat and boat dog.