Calamity and Other Stories

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 208 pages
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Twelve luminous stories alive with friendship and secrets introduce a remarkable writer. Daphne Kalotay’s characters confront regrets and unrealized hopes in tales tinged with gentle humor. A newly independent woman finds herself in bed with an ex-husband of long ago. A little girl gets a surprising glimpse into adulthood when she catches her mother in a moment of uninhibited pleasure. A thirteen-year-old boy contends with the unwanted attentions of a younger girl. And for two older women, a tie formed in their youth sustains them through varied twists of fate. These are dazzling intertwined tales of love, failure, and the comedy of human relationships.

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User Review  - Clara53 - LibraryThing

Having been immensely impressed with Daphne Kalotay's first novel ("Russian Winter"), I was on the lookout for her short story collection (her writing debut), and once found I was certainly not ... Read full review

CALAMITY: and Other Stories

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Best friends grow into young womanhood, in a debut collection of a dozen interlocking tales. We meet willful, dark-haired Rhea and cheerful, blonde Callie as ten-year-old girls living in an affluent ... Read full review


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About the author (2007)

Born and raised in New Jersey, Daphne Kalotay is a graduate of Vassar College and of Boston University, where she received an MA in creative writing and a Ph.D. in literature. Her short stories have appeared in various literary journals and magazines, and she has taught literature and writing at Middlebury College and Boston University. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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