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ISBN13: 9781938103568
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In stylish, intimate, and devastating short flashes, The Doctor's Wife tells the story of three generations of a family in the Pacific Northwest.

"I read Luis Jaramillos beautiful collection in one sitting. This is a ravishing book. I loved every word. It should be required reading for everyone." —Abigail Thomas

"The Doctors Wife is like the runaway child of Evelyn Waughs A Handful of Dust—Luis Jaramillos acerbic wit and satire are rare finds in America. Pick this up at once." —Alexander Chee

Winner of the Dzanc Short Story Contest, Luis Jaramillo's The Doctor's Wife pushes the limits of what a short story collection can be. In stylish, intimate, and devastating short flashes, Jaramillo chronicles the small domestic moments, tragic losses, and cultural upheavals faced by three generations of a family in the Pacific Northwest, creating a moving portrait of an American family and the remarkable woman at its center.


A family's fictional history spun from memory, from interviews, and from the blur between the two.

About the Author

Luis Jaramillo: Luis Jaramillo has had short stories published in Open City and Tin House. He is the Associate Chair of the New School Writing Program, where he teaches fiction and nonfiction.

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bcve, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by bcve)
An unflinching and incredibly empathetic book about families, siblings, loss, and time. Luis Jaramillo captures something ineffable about the way childhood can shuttle from tedium to terror to bursts of joy.
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Liz Greenhill, December 4, 2012 (view all comments by Liz Greenhill)
The Doctor’s Wife is a collection of short stories that reads like saga captured in tableaux. This is a family narrative in 91 arresting and varied compositions halved into two parts, in which our narrator is the grandson of the Doctor’s Wife and the majority of the book is comprised of stories from his mother’s childhood. It’s a thrill to watch Jaramillo flirt with the range of breviloquence possible in prose. Some stories are as short as a sentence, while others last for eight pages of sensuous prose and crystal dialogue.
Luis Jaramillo knows his way around the prosaic form like a dancer knows the edges of his stage. Each story is cut from the fabric of a family history, and shaped into its own form. If The Doctor’s Wife were a family quilt, it would be of the Gee school, wildly inventive and varied, but crafted with perfect tiny stitches.
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