People I Wanted to be

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005 - Fiction - 204 pages
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Gina Ochsner's award-winning, highly acclaimed stories have appeared in such publications as The New Yorker and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. In her eagerly anticipated new collection, Ochsner deftly examines the harrowing moments after a life or love slips away and discovers that the human heart can be large enough for anything.
A Russian couple come to accept their infertility by bidding farewell tot he ghosts of the children they never had. A disgruntled husband buys a talking bird that he hopes will restore love to his marriage. Twin sisters learn to prepare bodies for burial in their Hungarian parents' funeral home, but when faced with a death of their own, they must learn to prepare the soul. Glowing with warmth and sparkling with imagination, these stories are rendered with a deep understanding of human resilience as well as an unerring belief in small, daily miracles.

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User Review  - Tuck - Goodreads

stories of magic and tragedy and ghoulish Slavic stoicism in the face of absurdity and pain. mmmm Read full review

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User Review  - Mark Oppenlander - Goodreads

I am somewhat conflicted about this book. Gina Ochsner is a supremely gifted writer and I really liked her previous collection of stories, "The Necessary Grace to Fall," a good deal. I also have a ... Read full review

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Articles of Faith
Last Words of the Mynah Bird
How One Carries Another
Halves of a Whole
A Darkness Held
The Hurler
A Blessing
When the Dark Is Light Enough
Signs and Markings
The Fractious South

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About the author (2005)

Gina Ochsner’s first collection, The Necessary Grace to Fall, won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and was published by the University of Georgia Press. It also won the Oregon Book Award for Short Fiction and the PNBA award for short stories and was an Austin Chronicle Top Ten Pick. Ochsner lives in western Oregon with her husband and four children.

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