Ether: Seven Stories and a Novella

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Macmillan, Jun 21, 2011 - Fiction - 256 pages
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In "Leavers' Events," a teenage girl awaits exam results and has a sexual encounter with a teacher that she hopes will define her. In "Sunday's Child," a middle-aged actress evicts a homeless woman from her garden, which precipitates a crisis of conscience. In "The Bachelor's Table," a lawyer takes advantage of an accounting mistake and sets in motion a sequence of events that force him to evaluate his actions. In the title story, "Ether," a blocked writer plagiarizes his own life with devastating consequences.

All the characters in Evgenia Citkowitz's first collection of short fiction are connected by the quest for identity. Some are poised at a crossroads, while others teeter on the edge of a moral precipice. The stories are startlingly original, haunting, and often funny. From a hamster cage in Los Angeles to the bowels of the great houses of London and Long Island, Citkowitz depicts her characters' frailties and humanity with a mordant humor and tenderness that never diminish their complexity.


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User Review  - alyslinn - LibraryThing

Loved the short stories, especially 'The Clearance', with its old house, strange visitor, paranormal feel. Could not finish the title novella, so this book ends up being a DNF. Perhaps I'll come back to it in a few months and try 'Ether' again. Read full review

Review: Ether: Seven Stories and a Novella

User Review  - Amanda - Goodreads

Many of the stories included some really beautiful passages/insights about life. Unfortunately, these moments of beauty were stitched together with high school creative writing journal drivel to make for some pretty disjointed plots. It read like a first draft. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Evgenia Citkowitz was born in New York and was educated in London and the United States. Her short stories have been published in various British magazines. Her screenplay The House in Paris, based on Elizabeth Bowen's novel, is currently in development.

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