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Lynne Tillman

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Here’s an Author’s Bio. It could be written differently. I’ve written many for myself and read lots of other people’s. None is right or sufficient, each slants one way or the other. So, a kind of fiction – selection of events and facts.. So let me just say: I wanted to be a writer since I was eight years old. That I actually do write stories and novels and essays, and that they get published, still astonishes me. Right now, I’m working on a novel, my sixth, and also some stories and will be working on an art essay or two soon.

In April, a new collection of stories, Someday This Will Be Funny, will be pubbed by Red Lemonade Press. There is no story called Someday This Will Be Funny in it: it’s a title that comments on all the stories, maybe.
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American Genius

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Someday This Will Be Funny

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Haunted Houses

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No Lease on Life

3.70 avg rating — 98 ratings — published 1998 — 8 editions
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What Would Lynne Tillman Do?

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This is Not It

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Motion Sickness

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Absence Makes the Heart

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Bookstore: The Life and Tim...

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The Madame Realism Complex

4.39 avg rating — 38 ratings — published 1992 — 2 editions
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“The right to pursue happiness sends me and other Americans, even here where we are meant to resist outside temptation, on a hunt for it. If I’m not hungry, I might seek other forms of happiness, or pleasure, which is part of my American birthright, though the most misconceived notion of them or the most difficult to realize; I can pursue several means and ways to be happy, if I am able to forget what makes me habitually sad.”
Lynne Tillman, American Genius

“I like to believe I enjoy surprises, that I'm someone to whom an eruption of the unusual should be usual, or who branches out to advance the implausible. I might fly a jet, become a man, walk backward without a care, threaten like a stalker, speak freely at all times, swim the Atlantic on a greasy back, be silent for months like a Carthusian ...”
Lynne Tillman, American Genius

“How many performance artists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
I don't know. I left early.”
Lynne Tillman, No Lease on Life

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