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Writing as Bricklaying: An Interview with Miriam Polli

…men’s lives. I’m personally delighted because Miriam and I were members of the same NYC-based writing group for several years, and I know how hard she’s worked to see this important project come to fruition. I was happy when Miriam shared some of the experiences on her non-traditional path to publication with me. Interview: Miriam Polli Donna Baier Stein: I know first-hand that it can be a real challenge to combine the responsibilities of family…


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The Flying Troutmans, by Miriam Toews

…think? [Thebes] asked. She spun around and did a few jumping jacks. She teetered around like Chaplin, twirling an imaginary cane. You just … I don’t know … You’re beautiful, though. Definitely. (166) Miriam Toews pulls it off just as brilliantly: one hot mess of a family, but a book so enchanting it’s hard to tear your eyes away from the page. For Further Reading Interviews with Miriam Toews from Powell’s and…


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All My Puny Sorrows, by Miriam Toews

…too a sister had, an only sister She loved me dearly, and I doted on her! To her I poured forth all my puny sorrows. And that’s exactly what Elfrieda has done. Her sister Yolandi, six years her junior, and the protagonist of Miriam Toews’s new novel, has always been her confidante and accomplice. Together, the pair has spent decades exploring, gossiping, and testing the waters of adulthood and identity. Indeed, they were a mighty duo until Elf…


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The Trickster Answers So Many Questions: An Interview with Rosalie Morales Kearns

…A lesser author might settle for a smirky judgment, but you present his thoughts with great sympathy, as a man trying to adhere to a path, in spite of himself. Father Kevin is a lovable guy. Not only does he have a crush on Miriam, but he’s in awe of her: “when he daydreams about Our Lady appearing to him in a vision, […] she looks like Miriam Ramos.” He wouldn’t put it past her to be able to walk through walls. He tries not to think…


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Dysfunction by Annam Manthiram

…s not a mother. The title character of “How Miriam Came to Learn about Love” is a college student who subjects her hapless boyfriend Jerry to withering insults and casual violence, then stalks him when he breaks up with her. Miriam is a person who pours hand sanitizer into the eyes and mouth of a semi-conscious flu sufferer, a person who tosses a gerbil onto the road (she had it in her trunk to bring to Jerry, and decides it’s no longer of use)….


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Book of the Week: The Flight of Gemma Hardy, by Margot Livesey

…labor over the similarities between the characters, such as Brontë’s troubled gentleman Mr. Rochester and Livesey’s troubled gentleman Hugh Sinclair, or Brontë’s ill-fated schoolgirl Helen and Livesey’s ill-fated schoolgirl Miriam. But such comparisons are unnecessary when taking in The Flight of Gemma Hardy, and looking for them instead of letting Livesey’s tale live on its own merely distracts from it. Wingate continues: The book’s eponymous…


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An Interview with James Magruder

…roup. I suppose that’s what we all want to know. We only get to see our own lifetimes and we want to know, How do we fit in over the larger scheme of things? It’s almost like that fantasy of knowing. James Magruder, photo by Miriam Berkley Right, and that’s one of the reasons why I don’t ever want to leave that dorm. That’s why I deliberately left the last coda in the present tense, so it’s always happening. It’s always happening. Yes! I love…


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Taking Care of the Reader: An Interview with Margot Livesey

…labor over the similarities between the characters, such as Brontë’s troubled gentleman Mr. Rochester and Livesey’s troubled gentleman Hugh Sinclair, or Brontë’s ill-fated schoolgirl Helen and Livesey’s ill-fated schoolgirl Miriam. But such comparisons are unnecessary when taking in The Flight of Gemma Hardy, and looking for them instead of letting Livesey’s tale live on its own merely distracts from it. The book’s eponymous heroine…


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Gabriel Urza

…Gabriel Urza is the author of All That Followed, a novel about a politically-charged act of violence that echoes through a small Spanish town. He received his MFA from the Ohio State University. He is currently a Miriam Shearing Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Portland State University.  …


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recommended reading: two short stories

…008 Fiction Issue. If it strikes your fancy, read Kyle’s debut novel, The God of Animals, now available in paperback and reviewed here on FWR. 2. “Face” by Alice Munro, from the September 8 New Yorker. What a fresh story! Who can “make it new” after more than a dozen collections? Alice Munro, that’s who. Aryn Kyle / copyright Miriam Berkley Alice Munro / copyright Derek Shapton…




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