While Wheaton’s cool streamlined writing is undeniably Manhattan-centric, her quite-short short stories in Wet Paint have found a universal audience. Her very real, very human characters are caught up in everyday dramas of loss, frustration and regret.
In Wheaton’s world, nothing goes according to plan. Trains are late, shopping at Tiffany is a disappointment and cockroaches are beautiful—but there always seems to be a sense of enlightenment in her work that leads readers to understand things they’ve known all along but have never before identified.
The stories are printed in chapbook format and bound in Wet Paint signs from the New York City subway system. The covers are sometimes smeared with paint or patina-ed with schmutz. Wet Paint is a limited-edition printing of 200, each copy of is numbered and signed by the author.