Wired & Socially Awkward: New York is a short story collection by Hana Jay that includes the short stories The Modern Love Birds, Virtually Jazz, and Proves above Friends.
The Modern Love Birds When costume designer Katrina Hart attends a play that rejected her costumes, she couldn’t be less interested in meeting the theater’s new manager, Tim Cross. Katrina knows he could fire her on the spot, but as they shake hands, she can’t deny Tim looks like the perfect gentleman—and soon she learns he’s a popular guy on Twitter as well. A quick exchange of messages and one short date with Tim makes Katrina rethink her personal problems but mostly her love life, until she discovers that stalking people from the internet only washes up lies we shouldn’t try to uncover. Hana Jay’s debut short story about social media, love, and art will grab the reader with the author's sincere outlook on the virtual age, which impacts our lives with a set of new issues every day, yet brings adventures that no generation could ever experience before. Virtually Jazz Nothing lays at Steve’s heart as much as his family—the family which he can’t admit is already broken. His wife, Tiffany, likes to complain about bills for his mother’s nursing home, not to mention she hates going to jazz concerts, a tradition that Steve’s parents started before he was born, and which he tries to keep alive. When Francis James, an 80’s jazz star, throws a rare gig in the city, not even Tiffany’s objecting can stop Steve from going. Steve starts to think his family life might finally get better, but only until James leaves the stage and the following morning reveals tragic consequences that make Steve think about the real value of the jazz heritage. Hana Jay’s new short story, Virtually Jazz, celebrates family tradition and jazz, and comes with a resentful ending that finally leads to real happiness. Proves above Friends Marcus Berling is driven by one thought only—he wants to own an established designer furniture company. Being young and accomplished doesn’t lead him far, though. After getting in a fight with his brother Dennis and his boss Stanley Wright, he loses his home, job, and any hope for becoming successful in just one day. Marcus tries to make it up to Wright, but instead of getting his job back, he becomes the boy-toy of a mysterious Italian lawyer, Vera. Thanks to her, the fame of his company skyrockets, but the price is a public relationship status that Marcus never approved of. Lies, pretense, fake smiles. It takes this and more to get it all back. Hana Jay’s last short story from the Wired & Socially Awkward: New York collection explores the superficiality of social media, which, as we often forget, is as real as the people who create it.