Secret Lives: Stories

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Southern Methodist University Press, 2003 - Fiction - 223 pages
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Catherine Browder’s second story collection is characterized by the striking range of narrative voices she brings to bear--from that of a bilingual Hispanic social worker, to an immigrant Russian Jewish chemical engineer, to a young Japanese immigrant, to an American woman living in Japan.

In "Silver Maple,” a sheriff’s wife is jailed for threatening a city work crew preparing to cut down her beloved maple; in "Pizza Man,” a Ukrainian emigré learns the hard way about the perils of his new delivery job; in "Fusada the Archer,” a tall, blonde American woman married to a Japanese businessman has apprenticed herself to a traditional archer; and in "Amnesty,” a Mexican-American social worker is unable to maintain a professional distance from two young Mexican brothers seeking asylum.

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A fiction writer and playwright, CATHERINE BROWDER grew up in many different places--in Ohio, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Michigan--in a family that hosted many international visitors. She studied in England and later worked in Taiwan and Japan. She received a B.A. from the University of Michigan, studied at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and completed an M.A. from the Professional Writing Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her plays have been presented regionally and in New York City. She’s received fiction fellowships from the Missouri Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and her award-winning stories have been published in a variety of journals, including Prairie Schooner, American Fiction, Shenandoah, and Kansas Quarterly. Her first story collection, The Clay That Breathes, was published by Milkweed Editions in 1991; and a feuillet, "The Heart,” was published by Helicon Nine Editions. For many years she has taught English as a second language in both academic and refugee programs. She lives with her husband in Kansas City, Missouri, and is currently at work on a novel and a new play.

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