Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing: Stories

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Harper Collins, Jul 21, 2009 - Fiction - 208 pages
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In "Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing", a young woman becomes fascinated with reptiles and finds a way to relate them to her life.


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User Review  - Miccosukee - LibraryThing

Dark at their center, these stories of exquisite longing are about seeking ways to belong to a larger world of nature and love, and finding other things instead. Deep but not self-conscious, beautiful but not precious, these stories satisfy in all the right ways. Read full review

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User Review  - LukeS - LibraryThing

I'm going against my policy here, and reviewing a book which I did not finish. The short stories in this collection share a good many qualities, for better and for worse. They all show that Ms. Peelle ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Lydia Peelle is the author of the novel The Midnight Cool and the story collection Reasons For and Advantages of Breathing, which received an honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award. She received her MFA from the University of Virginia and has been a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Ucross, Yaddo, and Ragdale. Peelle is a recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, an O. Henry Prize, the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" honor, and a Whiting Award, as well as the Anahid Award for Emerging Armenian-American writers. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. 

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