People I Wanted to be

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Portobello Books, 2006 - Short stories, American - 224 pages
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In her eagerly anticipated collection, Gina Ochsner deftly examines the harrowing moments after a life or a love slips away and discovers that the human heart can be large enough for anything.

In "Halves of a Whole," twin sisters learn the trade of preparing bodies for burial in their Hungarian parents" funeral home but are ill-prepared to handle a death of their own. In the humorous "Last Words of the Mynah Bird," a desperately disgruntled husband buys a talking bird that he hopes will restore love to his marriage. A Russian couple mourns their infertility by bidding farewell to ghosts of the children they never had in "Articles of Faith." And in "The Fractious South," featured in the New Yorker, a young man finds solace and meaning in fishing.

Emotionally resonant and witty, these stories are rendered with depth and a strong understanding of human forgiveness, 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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User Review  - viviennestrauss - LibraryThing

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

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