Famous Fathers & Other Stories

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MacAdam/Cage Pub., 2007 - Fiction - 166 pages
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A gracefully disconcerting collection of stories by the winner of the 2005 Narrative Prize. Wavering between fidelity and freedom, the women in this sparkling debut collection deal with emotional damage and unhealed heartbreak by plunging into unusual, often bizarre, relationships. In Pia Z. Ehrhardt's stories, adultery and incest become disquietingly mundane. Mothers expect daughters to be complicit in their love affairs, children seek shelter in families that aren?t their own, fathers court their daughters, a couple enters into a marriage that lasts thirty days a year, and a young girl takes to the road with the simple guy who bags groceries at Piggly Wiggly while her mother imagines her safely at school. Beautifully restrained and shot through with tenderness, Famous Fathers and Other Stories establishes Ehrhardt as both a leading practitioner of the short story and an empathetic interpreter of the lives of wounded people who?instead of asking for what they want?take what is offered.

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The stories were, by and large, well-written, but I think I get somewhat fatigued reading so many stories about extramarital affairs and inappropriate relationships between fathers and daughters. The ... Read full review

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The lives of the women who populate the stories of this debut collection, set in and around New Orleans, deal to one degree or another with adultery, some with eroticized children. In "Running the ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Pia Z. Ehrhardt lives in New Orleans with her husband and son. Her stories have been widely published in magazines including "McSweeney’ s Quarterly," the" Mississippi Review," and "Narrative Magazine," and anthologized in A Cast of Characters and Other Stories and the 2006 Norton Anthology Sudden Fiction: Short-Shorts from America and Beyond. She is the recipient of the 2005 Narrative Prize. 

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