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The author of the book: Lee Montgomery
Edition: University Of Iowa Press
Date of issue: September 15th 2007
ISBN 13: 9781587296147
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Montgomery's characters blow drugs and boys, advise friends who are dying of AIDS about pennies in penny loafers, write letters to Caroline Kennedy, and fall in love with movie stars. Some lose themselves to ambivalence while contemplating motherhood; others find themselves soothed when, after hearing of the sudden death of a dear friend they seduce a stranger.
In the story "We Americans," a woman abandoned by her husband grows so vulnerable, she internalizes TV news tragedies by developing hives in the shapes of foreign countries. In the title story, Hannah, a speed freak working the graveyard shift in a nursing home, falls in love with a quadriplegic who void of feelings in his limbs, feel things she cannot. In "Avalanche", an editor to movie stars in Beverly Hills struggles with how to reconcile her own story with the fairy-tale endings of celebrity culture.
Tender, poignant, and at times hilarious, the women in Whose World Is This? turn common notions of love, compassion, and tradition upside down as they show us how vulnerability, although dangerous, is what makes life astonishingly beautiful and reality strangely unreal.
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Read information about the authorLee Montgomery is the author of The Things Between Us, A Memoir (Free Press, August 2006), Whose World Is This? Stories (University of Iowa Press, September 2007), and Searching for Emily: Illustrated (Nothing Moments Press, October 2007). The Things Between Us received the 2007 Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction and Whose World Is This? the 2007 John Simmons Iowa Short Fiction Award.
She has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Antioch College and an MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writer's Workshop. She was the fiction editor at the Iowa Review, the editor of the Santa Monica Review, and editor of Transgressions: The Iowa Anthology of Innovative Fiction (University of Iowa Press), Absolute Disaster: Fiction from Los Angeles (Dove Books), and the upcoming Woof! Writers on Dogs (Viking Penguin, September 2008).
Montgomery's fiction has appeared in Black Clock, Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, Story Magazine, Black River Review, the Santa Monica Review and the Antioch Review. Nonfiction has been published in Alaska Quarterly, the American Book Review, Boston Magazine, Travel Holiday, 'Scape, The Hollywood Reporter, Tin House, Paris Passion, Boston Phoenix, the Oregonian, Willamette Week New England Monthly, the Antioch Review and the anthology The Honeymoon is Over (January 2007, Warner Books). Whose World is This? was also nominated for the 2008 Ken Kesey Award in Fiction.
She is the editorial director of Tin House Books and the executive editor for Tin House magazine. She lives with her husband and their two bizarre dogs in Portland, Oregon.
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