Item description for Another Life & Other Stories by Edwin Weihe...
The fictional territory of this disquieting first collection is a state of emergency, and for Weihe the emergency is always the same: It is the terrifying possibility that one will be caught, in any instant, without a fully realized life, a life of passion and love, above all. In "Girl in the Coat," a professor is seduced by a desperate young woman into a decision too sudden and mysterious to defend. The husband of "Love Spots" drives his provocatively dressed wife around Seattle on a nostalgic and finally nightmarish search for a place to make love in a car now too small and divided. In "Off Season," a young man, whose wild and loving mother deserts him for a stranger, clings incestuously to his sister until yet another stranger appears. In "All Clear," a divorced father, locked to his young son for a few interminable hours, waits out his ex-wife's passionate "emergency" with her new lover. In the novella, "Another Life," an American writer, who has "no ear for any language but his own," returns to Paris for an international conference on Ernest Hemingway. In a subtle interweaving and counterpointing of his own life with Hemingway's in the Twenties, he re-searches, in memory, a life fully lived, in the body, in art, and in the "moveable feast" of loss.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.51" Width: 5.49" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.68 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2000
Publisher Pleasure Boat Studio
ISBN 1929355017 ISBN13 9781929355013
Availability 0 units.
More About Edwin Weihe
Weihe teaches modern literature and directs the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University. A graduate of Brown University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he studied with Richard Yates and Kurt Vonnegut, he has been a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature and Culture in Aachen, Germany, and Antwerp and Leuven, Belgium, and has lectured widely in Europe on interdisciplinary topics in literature, philosophy, and art. He teaches a summer abroad course in Paris on the Rise of Modernism, as well as Seattle University's Writers Workshop in Ireland.
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Weihe's stories are a revelation Mar 29, 2001
Edwin Weihe's Another Life and Other Stories is a remarkable first collection of short fiction. Weihe's characters find themselves trapped, suffocating in their various situations, yearning, often unconsciously, to chuck it all. Sometimes, they do just that. Despite the desperation they often feel, the characters are always sympathetic, nuanced, sharply drawn. In his title piece, "Another Life," which is that unusual form, the novella, the narrator is Jack, an American academic attending a Hemingway conference in Paris. Like the famous novelist and the "Lost Generation" crowd of the `20s, the narrator is also an expat, lost from himself. It's a wonderful work in which the literary history of Paris in the '20s plays against the narrator's sense being an exile from his earlier life when a love affair in Paris ended abruptly. The writing is spare, funny, satiric in its treatment of the lit.crit./celeb scene, and finally moving in its understanding of what pushes people to the edge. When a powerhouse feminist critic pronounces the central contention of her scholarship on D.H. Lawrence, namely that Lawrence wasn't able to bring his wife Frieda to orgasm, you realize Weihe is making a wry comment about the state of literary criticism as well as the essential impotence of male critics in the face of powerful female scholars. The war between the sexes, Weihe's novella reveals, has its generals and foot soldiers in academia. I highly recommend this fine book for its honesty, understated humor, and for its unwavering gaze at the craziness of our time. When asked by an American newcomer to Paris if he believes in the afterlife, Jack replies, "This is the afterlife." Yes, it is.
Review for Another Life Feb 7, 2001
In a selflessly honest appreciation for bare life, this book opens to a yearning for that which the modern human is in search of; the straining of life against its inevitable end to recapture innocence, grace before the fall, love, or what is even more mysterious, forever lost, and finally unattainable. The anxiety of these stories is deafening as you hope against hope for your own salvation along with the characters' in their quiet desperation for another life, so exigent as to be a matter of life and death; a struggle too unfathomable to dare come into consciousness, though felt every moment throughout the living flesh. You will find yourself in this book.
edgy nw, edgy france Dec 18, 2000
While I know all the adages about books and covers, the black and white photo, the grainy texture, the man off center, all things that run in these stories. In a way it is France, and France is the Northwest. These stories have a terrific edginess to them. Something wonderfully unsettling keeps the reader less than comfortable and completely at the mercy of the story. After reading these stories, I felt I had woken to something I had done in my life no one must know, the dicey wonder of having gone just a little wrong, having given in to temptation. Weihe's fiction creates this dynamic tension. It is racy in all the right ways; I found it difficult not to finish in a single sitting.The stories in this collection made me want to live again. I imagined dangers lurking behind doors in Paris, in the Northwest. Finally, Weihe's perfectly chosen detail brings its own carefully chosen color to the grainy, dark, rainy quality of the Northwest and Paris. In the end, one thought: where's the next book.
Untitled Dec 9, 2000
Another Life is an incisive collection of stories depicting the contemporary plight encountered in the search for love, for understanding and for a meaning to life. Delving behind the superficialities of daily living and with prophetic insight, Edwin Weihe captures the intense desires that drive his characters to their inescapable and inconclusive ends. Told in a sparse and lean style, the stories brim with a sense of urgency, an urgency that is frightening, as though tomorrow might never come.