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Women are central in Kate Walbert's return to short stories after five novels. Although there are male characters on the periphery (mostly dead, divorced, or gone), the emotional stakes are all between the women. These are not stories of the sisterhood, however, but of lonely women hungering for each other's company and ultimately being unable to connect or having the promise of connection torn away. The women in this collection keep each other at a stiff distance while longing, with burgeoning self-refl ection, for something more, remembering the mothers, daughters, neighbors, and coworkers who touched their lives, remembering how She Was Like That (Scribner, $26). Anxiety is the central mood of these stories, but Walbert creates some deeply funny scenes, as in the many defi nitions of a mother in the Mother's Day school project that gives "A Mother is Someone who Tells Jokes" its title.

She Was Like That: New and Selected Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476799421
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Published: Scribner - October 1st, 2019

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The Metropolitain Museum of Art in NYC is the setting for Metropolitan Stories, and after working there for twenty five years, Christine Coulson knows every underground tunnel and upstairs corridor. She is familiar with the staff cafeteria gossip. She knows the curators, the guards, the wealthy donors, the fundraisers. The result is this slim collection of wonderfully imaginative essays and fables about the Met, where in some cases the art itself is personified. It’s so witty and clever and I doubt you’ll never look at a museum quite the same way again.



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ISBN: 9781590510582
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Published: Other Press - October 8th, 2019

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On Swift Horses takes us back to the 1950s post-war American West. Muriel and Lee are newlyweds and they both have a special connection with Lee’s brother, Julius. Trying to find their place in the world, Muriel discovers racetracks to soothe her restlessness and Julius finds himself in Las Vegas casinos. We get to know the three of them slowly through their thoughts, feelings, and relationships with each other. Slow paced and beautifully written, this is the story of love and trying out luck—the search for freedom and love.

On Swift Horses: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525538110
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 5th, 2019