Referred Pain: And Other Stories

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Counterpoint Press, 2005 - Fiction - 271 pages
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"In the title novella, Koslowski, beset by a kind of survivor's guilt, insists to the point of absurdity that his elaborate dental work is emblematic of his immigrant parents' suffering in World War II. In "Francesca," a mild-mannered professor finds himself calmly contemplating incest, and in "Hostages to Fortune," a seemingly conventional couple construct a sadly macabre version of family life. The journalist in "Sightings of Loretta" realizes he has spent years pursuing a chimerical, unfulfilled romance, while oblivious to his own wife. Several of the stories take place in the surreal realm of fantasy itself; "Deadly Nightshade" is a whimsical conjecture about the first woman brave enough to eat a tomato, long considered poisonous."--BOOK JACKET.

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Referred pain: and other stories

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In her latest collection, Schwartz manages to mingle domestic intrigue and surreal fantasy, tragedy, and black humor. In the title novella, dental work consumes the American son of two Holocaust ... Read full review

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Very interesting collection of offbeat short stories -- psychological "why done its". Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Writer Lynne Sharon Schwartz was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She received a B. A. from Barnard College, an M. A. from Bryn Mawr, and started work on a Ph.D. at New York University. She chronicled her love of reading and the meaning it has had upon her life in a book called Ruined by Reading. She has published around twenty books including Rough Strife, which was nominated for a National Book Award and Leaving Brooklyn, which was nominated for the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction. She has also written for children in such books as The Four Questions, explaining the traditions of Passover. She is also an Italian translator and her translations include A Place to Live and Other Selected Essays by Natalia Ginzburg and Smoke over Birkenau by Liana Millu.

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