On the Island: New & Selected Stories

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Ontario Review Press, 1989 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Twenty powerful stories--many of which have received the O. Henry Prize--take up a range of timely topics including intrusions on Caribbean islands, euthanasia, and the political climate of the Guatemalan jungle

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In a story in this collection called "Motion of the Heart,'' a man says, "Don't try to analyse it. . . . It happens. It's a motion--a motion of the heart.'' That phrase aptly describes all these ... Read full review


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Josephine Jacobsen has written seven books of poetry, two works of criticism, and three collections of short fiction. From 1971 to 1973 she served two terms as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, a post recently retitled National Poet Laureate. Her many awards include a 1994 Academy of the Arts citation; the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; a fellowship from the Academy of American Poets for service to poetry; and the selection of On the Island: Short Stories as one of the five nominees for the PEN-Faulkner fiction award. Other honors include a recent award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and eight inclusions of her storiesin the O. Henry Prize Stories.

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