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FINALIST FOR THE FRANK O'CONNOR SHORT STORY AWARD

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Heralding the arrival of a stunning new voice in American fiction, If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This takes readers into the minds and hearts of people navigating the unsettling transitions that life presents to us all: A father struggles to forge an independent identity as his blind daughter prepares for college. A mother comes to terms with her adult daughter's infidelity. An artist mourns the end of a romance while painting the portrait of a dying man. Brilliant, hopeful, and fearlessly honest, If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This illuminates the truths of human relationships, truths we come to recognize in these characters and in ourselves.

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Robin Black’s stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including One Story, Colorado Review, The Georgia Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Bellevue Literary Review, The Southern Review, and the anthology The Best Creative Nonfiction. The winner of many awards and a recipient of fellowships from the Leeway Foundation and the MacDowell Colony, Black is a graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. She lives with her family in Philadelphia.

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Villette, February 9, 2013 (view all comments by Villette)
As one of the other reviewers wrote, I envy those of you who have yet to read this collection. I love short stories. I love how exceptional short story writers can capture so much in so few words. These stories are like that -- small universes. The other special beauty of these stories: the author conveys such deep understanding of the nuance of human interaction. At so many turns she illuminates some aspect of life experience that I've felt but never seen put into words.
I look forward to reading more from Robin Black.
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BostonWriter, February 7, 2013 (view all comments by BostonWriter)
Robin Black brings a wisdom and empathy to her characters and their circumstances. Her stories are at their peak when they're dealing with wistfulness and loss -- partners and spouses, children growing up, loss of potency and identity. This is a jewel box of a collection, and I give it as a gift frequently -- hosts for parties and weekends, end of the year for teachers. They always come back later to tell me how much they've enjoyed it. She's a master at the human condition. This is one of the very best short story collections I've read.
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New England Reader, February 7, 2013 (view all comments by New England Reader)
I love this collection of stories. I found myself eking them out so I could continue to look forward to reading another one.

I am not a short story fan, but Robin Black's collection captured me and will, I am certain, continue to capture me when I re-read them. Each one is like a miniature novels. I often find short stories bloodless; Black's are filled with juice and recognition. Characters jump off the page and into your head (and heart.) The writing is translucent--astounding without being show-offy or needlessly fancy.

Robin Black had me spellbound.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812980684
Author:
Black, Robin
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.16 x 0.7 in 0.54 lb

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