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University of Iowa

1999

Love stories

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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 ...