Orphans

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Clear Cut Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 237 pages
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These 11 essays span continents, culture, and class. Fiction writer and essayist Charles D'Ambrosio inspects manufactured homes in Washington state; tours the rooms of Hell House, a Pentecostal "haunted house" in Texas; visits the dormitories and hallways of a Russian orphanage; and explores the textual space of family letters. He introduces us to a defender of gray whales; the creator of Bisquat, a utopian experiment in Austin, Texas; and a younger version of himself, searching for "culture" in Seattle in 1974. He analyzes the nuances of Mary Kay Letourneau's trial and contemplates the persistence of rain and memory.

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Charles D'Ambrosio was born in 1960. After growing up in Seattle, D'Ambrosio graduated with a degree in English. D'Ambrosio took on many odd jobs until he enrolled in the Iowa Writer's Workshop. D'Ambrosio's short stories appeared in The New Yorker, Story, Best American Short Stories, and the Pushcart Anthology. He also published The Point, a collection of his short story works. D'Ambrosio's story, "Her Real Name" won the Aga Kahn Prize of the Paris Review. He has also received the Henfield Transatlantic Award and a James Michener Fellowship.

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