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Fault lines : stories of divorce
Shetterly, Caitlin.
Berkley harcover edition.
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New York : Berkley Books, [2001]

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357 pages ; 22 cm
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PS648.D58 F38 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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These stories-from such masters of short fiction as Ann Beattie, Andre Dubus, Jhumpa Lahiri and John Updike-represent a journey through the rocky emotional terrain of separation and divorce, from the viewpoints of spouses, children, and significant others who are all deeply affected by the dissolution of marriage, whether that dissolution is slow and sad or sudden and shocking. Stories by: John Cheever * Ann Beattie * Jhumpa Lahiri * John Updike * Alice Munro * Andre Dubus * Lee K. Abbott * Randall Kenan * Wendi Kaufman * Michael Chabon * Russell Banks * Sherman Alexie * Edmund White * Alice Elliott Dark * Peter Ho Davies * Raymond Carver * Grace Paley * Richard Ford * Molly Giles * Anthony Walton * Lucia Nevai * Lorrie Moore

Author Notes

Caitlin Shetterly graduated with Honors in English and American Literature from Brown University in 1997. She is a child of divorce. She currently resides in New York City, where she is a writer and an actress

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In Fault Lines: Stories of Divorce, editor Caitlin Shetterly gathers short stories about separation and divorce. In "The Season of Divorce" by John Cheever, a young married woman is courted by an older married man, who appears on her doorstep to ask her husband to give her up. In Wendi Kaufman's "Helen on Eighty-Sixth Street," 11-year-old Vita imagines herself as Helen of Troy to cope with the pain and confusion of her father's departure. Also included are stories by John Updike, Raymond Carver, Ann Beattie, Andre Dubus, Richard Ford, Alice Munro and others. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

John CheeverAnn BeattieJhumpa LahiriJohn UpdikeAlice MunroAndre DubusLee K. AbbottRandall KenanWendi KaufmanMichael ChabonRussell BanksSherman AlexieEdmund WhiteAlice Elliott DarkPeter Ho DaviesRaymond CarverGrace PaleyRichard FordMolly GilesAnthony WaltonLucia NevaiLorrie Moore
Introductionp. 1
The Season of Divorcep. 7
What Falls Apart
The Burning Housep. 23
A Temporary Matterp. 40
Separatingp. 60
The Children Stayp. 74
The Winter Fatherp. 105
Once Upon a Timep. 129
The Children
Hobbits and Hobgoblinsp. 143
Helen on Eighty-Sixth Streetp. 154
The Halloween Partyp. 165
Queen for a Dayp. 180
Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Woodstockp. 209
Cinnamon Skinp. 219
Closep. 236
Small Worldp. 254
The Afterlife
Intimacyp. 275
Wantsp. 284
Reunionp. 287
Pie Dancep. 297
Divorce Educationp. 305
Step Menp. 327
Beautiful Gradep. 335