Babylon and Other Stories

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 10, 2008 - Fiction - 288 pages
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In their various locales--from Montreal (where a prosthetic leg casts a furious spell on its beholders) to New Mexico (where a Soviet-era exchange student redefines home for his hosts)--the characters in Babylon are coming to terms with life's epiphanies, for good or ill.

They range from the very young who, confronted with their parents' limitations, discover their own resolve, to those facing middle age and its particular indignities, no less determined to assert themselves and shape their destinies. Babylon and Other Stories showcases the wit, humor, and insight that have made Alix Ohlin one of the most admired young writers working today.


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In her first collection, which follows her debut novel,The Missing Person , Ohlin offers stories that are uniform in length and time frame (they're all contemporary) but vary in locale. Young, witty ... Read full review

Contents

The King of Kohlrabi
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Simple Exercises for the Beginning Student
You Are Here
A Theory of Entropy
Edgewater
Wonders Never Cease
I Love to Dance at Weddings
Meeting Uncle Bob
Babylon
Ghostwriting
Local News
The Swanger Blood
In Trouble with the Dutchman
The Tennis Partner
An Analysis of Some Troublesome Recent Behavior

Land of the Midnight Sun

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About the author (2008)

Alix Ohlin was born in Montreal in 1972, graduated from Harvard University, and studied at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. Her fiction, which has appeared in the One Story series and Shenandoah, among other periodicals, has been selected for both Best New American Voices 2004 and Best American Short Stories 2005. She has received awards and fellowships from The Atlantic Monthly, the MacDowell Colony, and The Kenyon Review's Writers Workshop. She lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, and teaches at Lafayette College.


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