Synopses & Reviews
Evoking passion and heartbreak., intelligence and unapologetic humanity, these eight beautifully crafted stories explore the boundary conditions between the self and others. Although social realities -- racial and ethnic tensions, sexual harassment, and abuse -- make up their background, these are really love stories in which people discover and forgive one another. A daughter finds her father's kindness extends beyond her and their family; a wife discovers and forgives the affair between her husband and best friend; and, in the title story which takes the form of a letter to an almost-lover, the narrator winds through swirling eddies of memory and language to relate her present and past lives and the loves that have informed them.
Written with a masterful sureness of hand and heart, these captivating, intimate stories display Sena Jeter Naslund's extraordinary presence as one of today's most rewarding writers of fiction.
The author of "Ahab's Wife" presents a beautiful ensemble of stories and novellas. Evoking passion and heartbreak, intelligence and humanity, these tales explore the boundary conditions between the self and others.
About the Author
Sena Jeter Naslund was born and educated in Birmingham, Alabama, and currently lives in Louisville,Kentucky. She is Distinguished Teaching Professor and recipient of the President's Outstanding CreativeActivity award at the University of Louisville, and she is Program Director of the brief-residency MFA inWriting program at Spalding University, Louisville. A New York Times and Publishers Weekly notable bookselection, Ahab’s Wife was named one of the top five novels by Book Sense, as well as Time magazine. SenaJeter Naslund received the 2001 Harper Lee Award and Alabama Library Association Fiction Award and, in2003, the Heasley Prize, as well as the Lawrence Fiction Prize and grants from the National Endowment forthe Arts, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Kentucky Arts Council.