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Author Sneed, Christine, 1971-

Title Portraits of a few of the people I've made cry : stories / Christine Sneed
Published Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, ©2010
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 154 pages)
Contents Quality of life -- Portraits of a few of the people I've made cry -- Twelve + twelve -- You're so different -- By the way -- Alex Rice Inc. -- Interview with the second wife -- For once in your life -- A million dollars -- Walled city
Summary "If this Story collection crackles with the energy of youth, it also feels written by a cool-eyed soul reincarnated at least three times ... By turns funny and pitiless, these tales amount to a vision. The book's voice is unforced in its ready wit, detached compassion. There is an admirable candor. Each character's sexuality seems the natural ourcome of a life fully risked."--Allan Gurganus, contest judge and author of The Practical Heart and Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All --Book Jacket
The ten stories in this striking debut collection examine the perils of love and what it means to live during an era when people will offer themselves, almost unthinkingly, to strangers. Risks and repercussions are never fully weighed. People leap and almost always land on rocky ground. May-December romances flourish in these stories, as do self-doubt and, in many cases, serious regret. Mysterious, dangerous benefactors, dead and living artists, movie stars and college professors, plagiarists, and distinguished foreign novelists are among the many different characters. No one is blameless, but villains are difficult to single out--everyone seemingly bears responsibility for his or her desires and for the outcome of difficult choices so often made hopefully and naively
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"This book is the winner of the 2009 Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction"--Title page verso
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Subject Short stories, American.
FICTION -- Romance -- Short Stories.
Short stories, American.
Genre/Form Short stories.
Short stories.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1613760450
9781613760451