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University of Iowa

1999

Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award

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House Fires, Nancy Reisman Jan 1999

House Fires, Nancy Reisman

Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award

These eleven stories travel from snowbound Buffalo in the 1940s to present-day Boston, Providence, and San Francisco and across the domestic terrain of desire's unruly claims to the nuances of grief. In the title story, a young woman whose sister has been killed in a fire reckons with her parents' silent suffering and finds transcendence through film. In a series of stories set in post-World War II Buffalo and Manhattan, the members of a close-knit Jewish family are caught up in a maze of clandestine desires—none of which can be fulfilled. The collection's final series turns to ...


Out Of The Girls' Room And Into The Night, Thisbe Nissen Jan 1999

Out Of The Girls' Room And Into The Night, Thisbe Nissen

Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award

Everyone does it: women of fierce independence, men of thin character, rambling Deadheads, gay teenage girls, despondent Peace Corps volunteers, anorexic Broadway theatre dancers, the eager, the grieving, the uncommunicative. Even the confused do it. And they don't just fall in love with each other—they fall in love with certain moments and familiar places, with things as ephemeral as gestures and as evanescent as sunlight.

Quirky, real, idealistic, deluded, bohemian, and true, these are people who can—and often do—fall in love with a pair of ears, August afternoons, saucers of vitamins, New Age carpenters, and dead ...