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Out of the Girls' Room and Into the Night

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Awards

Winner of the 1999 John Simmons Short Fiction Award.

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Publisher Comments:

In Thisbe Nissen's award-winning debut story collection, characters teeter on the verge of love, of life, of oncoming cataclysms after which Things Will Never Be the Same. Against the varied backdrops of Grateful Dead shows, anniversary parties, sickrooms, and bright Manhattan vestibules, Nissen traces the joy, terror, and electric surprise that flash between people as they suddenly connect. A fifteen-year-old girl whose mother is slowly dying finds solace in the bed of her best friend's older brother. A wife remembers the early romance in her marriage as she watches her husband's hand, shaky with Parkinson's, lift a bite of food to his mouth. Longtime friends are jolted by their unforeseen attraction to each other; new lovers feel their way by instinct in vans, on futons, an during risky, late-night conversation. Knowing, often hilarious, and always pitch-perfect, Nissen's tales hang inside those moments when the heart is acting and the head is watching, hopeful that the heart is doing the right thing.

Review:

"[An] awe-inspiring collection of stories. Nissen's characters are young and yearning, and they come together in lovely and unexpected ways." The Austin Chronicle

Review:

"These are requiems for youth. . . . Nissen has a rare, poetic way with the short-story form." The Hartford Courant

About the Author

THISBE NISSEN is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a former James Michener Fellow. Her stories have appeared in Story and Seventeen. A native New Yorker, she now lives in Iowa. Her first novel is The Good People of New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385720533
Author:
Nissen, Thisbe
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Love stories, American
Subject:
United States Social life and customs.
Subject:
Stories (single author)
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Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
90-21
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.12x5.18x.55 in. .48 lbs.

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