People I Wanted to be

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005 - Fiction - 204 pages
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Gina Ochsner's award-winning, highly acclaimed stories have appeared in such publications as The New Yorker and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. In her eagerly anticipated new collection, Ochsner deftly examines the harrowing moments after a life or love slips away and discovers that the human heart can be large enough for anything.
A Russian couple come to accept their infertility by bidding farewell tot he ghosts of the children they never had. A disgruntled husband buys a talking bird that he hopes will restore love to his marriage. Twin sisters learn to prepare bodies for burial in their Hungarian parents' funeral home, but when faced with a death of their own, they must learn to prepare the soul. Glowing with warmth and sparkling with imagination, these stories are rendered with a deep understanding of human resilience as well as an unerring belief in small, daily miracles.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Elegantly unsettling fiction by Flannery O'Connor Award winner Ochsner (The Necessary Grace to Fall, 2002), who charts some strange goings-on within emigrant communities.There's a touch of the darkly ... Read full review

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Great writing - dark topics with hopeful endings. Read full review


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Last Words of the Mynah Bird
How One Carries Another
From the Fourth Row
When the Dark Is Light Enough
Signs and Markings
The Fractious South

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About the author (2005)

GINA OCHSNER is the author of two collections of short stories, People I Wanted to Be and The Necessary Grace to Fall , both of which won the Oregon Book Award, and a novel, The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight, which was longslisted for the Orange Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and The Best American Nonrequired Reading . She is a recipient of the Flannery O'Connor Award, the William Faulkner Prize, an NEA grant, a Guggenheim, and the Raymond Carver Prize. She lives in Oregon.

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