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Water: Nine Stories (Mary Mccarthy Prize in Short Fiction) [Paperback]

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"Her stories have a fablelike quality, a dreaminess that lulls even as Miller explores the most contemporary issues. Her characters seem to live on after the last word---I found myself thinking of them days after I'd finished the book, turning over what might have happened in later years....These psychologically acute stories are truly satisfying---imaginative, open-ended, haunting."---O, The Oprah Magazine

"The latest collection from Miller skillfully explores the tension in Midwestern race and class relations....Miller's tales impart a real breadth of experience."---Publishers Weekly

"Alyce Miller has the eye and the skills for getting the short story right. . . . She writes vividly about people in various degrees of emotional extremis, and she avoids the temptation to invent resolutions for the dilemmas they're in. She deftly captures individual psychologies."---Norman Rush, from the introduction

In this startling new collection by prize-winning author Alyce Miller, changing images of water as a force both destructive and healing are woven throughout. Whether giving voice to the nameless wife from a tale by Chekhov or illustrating the fears driving apart black and white communities in small-town Ohio, Miller makes vivid the heart of human interaction. These stories, told from different perspectives of age, race, and gender, acknowledge a common rhythm in each of us---unsettled desire.

Alyce Miller has authored a collection of stories, The Nature of Longing (W.W. Norton & Company), winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and a novel, Stopping for Green Lights (Anchor Doubleday), as well as more than 120 stories, poems, and essays that have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies. Her other awards include the Lawrence Foundation Prize from Michigan Quarterly Review, The Kenyon Review Award for Literary Excellence in Fiction, and distinguished citations in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Pushcart Prize. She leads a double life as an attorney specializing in animal law and a professor in the graduate writing program at Indiana University Bloomington.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   217
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2008
Publisher   Sarabande Books
ISBN  1932511563  
ISBN13  9781932511567  

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Depth and clarity  Apr 7, 2008
I read this collection last weekend in a spring blizzard and I was knocked out by it. Alyce Miller gives her characters such heft that I found myself remembering everything of my own life with startling clarity. Fabulous book.

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