Referred Pain: And Other Stories

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Counterpoint, 2004 - Fiction - 271 pages
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From one of our ablest chroniclers of marriage, middle age, and urban myth, a collection of stories that subverts the standard domestic drama with an outrageousness that mixes tragedy with black humor.. In Referred Pain Lynne Sharon Schwartz surpasses her reputation as a scrupulous stylist who writes with both passion and discipline. Here, as in her earlier collections, the stories, whether realistic or fanciful, are distinguished by their intensity and their impeccable attention to the nuances of language. Her characters confront inner demons, playing out fantasies they crave and dread. subversions and perversions with wicked wit and psychological acuity.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 a German concentration camp and in the siege of Leningrad. In Francesca, a mild professor finds himself calmly contemplating incest. In Hostages of Fortune, a seemingly conventional couple live out an extended fantasy of raising two imaginary children. a chimerical, unfulfilled romance, while oblivious to his own wife. Several of the stories take place in the surreal realm of fantasy itself. Schwartz, an award-winning writer, has been lauded for her precisely observed domestic dramas and comedies and described as having an anthropologist's eye for her characters and their stories. This collection will give further resonance to her already distinguished literary reputation.

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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 (2004)

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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