25 Books to Read Before You Die
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


The Powell's Playlist | August 8, 2014

Peter Mendelsund: IMG The Powell's Playlist: Water Music by Peter Mendelsund



We "see" when we read, and we "see" when we listen. There are many ways in which music can create the cross-sensory experience of this seeing...... Continue »
  1. $11.87 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$3.95
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Literature- A to Z

Whose World Is This? (John Simmons Short Fiction Award)

by

Whose World Is This? (John Simmons Short Fiction Award) Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Montgomery's characters blow drugs and boys, advise friends who are dying of AIDS about pennies in penny loafers, write letters to Caroline Kennedy, and fall in love with movie stars. Some lose themselves to ambivalence while contemplating motherhood; others find themselves soothed when, after hearing of the sudden death of a dear friend they seduce a stranger.

       In the story "We Americans," a woman abandoned by her husband grows so vulnerable, she internalizes TV news tragedies by developing hives in the shapes of foreign countries. In the title story, Hannah, a speed freak working the graveyard shift in a nursing home, falls in love with a quadriplegic who void of feelings in his limbs, feel things she cannot. In "Avalanche", an editor to movie stars in Beverly Hills struggles with how to reconcile her own story with the fairy-tale endings of celebrity culture.

    Tender, poignant, and at times hilarious, the women in Whose World Is This? turn common notions of love, compassion, and tradition upside down as they show us how vulnerability, although dangerous, is what makes life astonishingly beautiful and reality strangely unreal.

Review:

"Memoirist and Tin House executive editor Montgomery (The Things Between Us) makes her fiction debut with this wise, heart-wrenching short story collection, winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award. Concerned largely with the emotional and physical pain of modern life, one representative tale, 'Arts and Crafts of American WASPs,' finds a childless young wife considering motherhood through memory, an ovulation kit and her own mom's detritus: 'My mother has sent me her life in boxes and pieces of old wood and I study these like artifacts.' The capacity for self-defeat comes beautifully to life in the title story, about a young woman dealing with average twenty-something issues ('doing a lot of drugs, trying to find God, trying to figure out how many men I could make love me') who unexpectedly falls in love with a paralyzed man: 'we'd lie in bed facing each other in darkness... and he would tell me how it would feel if it could happen.' Montgomery is a realist with a talent for stringing together perfectly captured moments such as this, evoking Lori Moore or Antonya Nelson with a skillful balance of the beautiful and the grotesque, graced with glints of humor. Though her morose introspection can overwhelm, Montgomery more than makes up for a lack of cheer or action through her characters' lived-in authenticity. A quick, inspired read, this collection bodes well for Montgomery's future in fiction." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Lee Montgomery's surprising stories capture moments in women's lives when, pushed to the edge, they teeter between the complete bewilderment of loss and the lurking possibility of found. These are not stories about diets, designer jeans, and bad boyfriends; these are stories that dismantle the fabric of conventions to reveal the raw interior worlds of women who have come of age on the heels of Betty Crocker and in the hem of Betty Friedan.

About the Author

Lee Montgomery is the author of The Things between Us: A Memoir. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is the editorial director of Tin House Books and the executive editor of Tin House magazine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781587296147
Author:
Montgomery, Lee
Publisher:
University of Iowa Press
Author:
Montgomery, Lee Begole
Author:
Montgomery, Lee B.
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Iowa Short Fiction Award
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
9.25 x 5.5 x 0.4 in

Other books you might like

  1. Knockemstiff
    Used Trade Paper $8.00
  2. Desert Gothic (Iowa Short Fiction Award) Used Trade Paper $7.95

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Whose World Is This? (John Simmons Short Fiction Award) Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$3.95 In Stock
Product details 96 pages University of Iowa Press - English 9781587296147 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Memoirist and Tin House executive editor Montgomery (The Things Between Us) makes her fiction debut with this wise, heart-wrenching short story collection, winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award. Concerned largely with the emotional and physical pain of modern life, one representative tale, 'Arts and Crafts of American WASPs,' finds a childless young wife considering motherhood through memory, an ovulation kit and her own mom's detritus: 'My mother has sent me her life in boxes and pieces of old wood and I study these like artifacts.' The capacity for self-defeat comes beautifully to life in the title story, about a young woman dealing with average twenty-something issues ('doing a lot of drugs, trying to find God, trying to figure out how many men I could make love me') who unexpectedly falls in love with a paralyzed man: 'we'd lie in bed facing each other in darkness... and he would tell me how it would feel if it could happen.' Montgomery is a realist with a talent for stringing together perfectly captured moments such as this, evoking Lori Moore or Antonya Nelson with a skillful balance of the beautiful and the grotesque, graced with glints of humor. Though her morose introspection can overwhelm, Montgomery more than makes up for a lack of cheer or action through her characters' lived-in authenticity. A quick, inspired read, this collection bodes well for Montgomery's future in fiction." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Lee Montgomery's surprising stories capture moments in women's lives when, pushed to the edge, they teeter between the complete bewilderment of loss and the lurking possibility of found. These are not stories about diets, designer jeans, and bad boyfriends; these are stories that dismantle the fabric of conventions to reveal the raw interior worlds of women who have come of age on the heels of Betty Crocker and in the hem of Betty Friedan.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.