Do the Windows Open?

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Random House, Jan 1, 1997 - Fiction - 212 pages
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"The narrator of these highly original stories, all of which have appeared in The New Yorker, surveys the world with deadpan wit and candor. She's a photographer who has been attempting for three years to photograph a world-renowned reproductive surgeon/comedian who can't sit still long enough for his picture to be taken. Her other projects include photographing Anne Sexton's childhood home and Walden Pond. Along the way she keeps searching for some sign of sanity and order amid the mediocrity, waste, pointlessness, vulgarity, junk food, and TV programs of contemporary America. She's an astute observer of modern life's strange complexities - windows that don't open, the footwear of endodontists, and husbands who don't talk - and at the same time she's hilariously and poignantly caught up in them." "The decline of our culture and everyday decency are brought into sharp focus by this unique, besieged sensibility, as is the beauty of vegetarianism, the use of Mozart for transcending root-canal therapy, and the heartache of floor refinishing and fluorescent lighting. In Do the Windows Open? Julie Hecht, with her distinctive voice and wry humor, has given us a tragi-comedy of missed connections and opportunities, vividly illuminating the way we live now."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - autumnesf - LibraryThing

Ramblings of a crazy lady. Hated it. Didn't even bother to finish the book - which is hard for me as I am OCD about finishing a book that I start. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Hecht debuts with stories woven from seemingly uneventful threads of life that are made as funny, compelling, and rewarding as a reader ever could wish. The nine pieces' narrator is in her early 40s ... Read full review


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Julie Hecht is the author of "Do the Windows Open?", "Was This Man a Genius?: Talks with Andy Kaufman", and "The Unprofessionals". Her stories have been published in "The New Yorker" and "Harper's". She has won an O. Henry Prize and received a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives on the east end of Long Island in winter and in Massachusetts in summer and fall. She has been writing stories since she was eight years old.

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