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Private State

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Here is a collection of stories about women who have arrived at awkward edges in their lives. Some are adolescents, some at the brink of old age, and some find themselves suddenly ill or pregnant. Others come to the abrupt discovery that their marriages are not as whole as they had believed, while a few tumble onto startling secrets. But despite their range in age and situ ...more
Hardcover, 179 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by University of Massachusetts Press
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This book wasn't for me. I don't like judging books since a writer, I am not. That's all I can say is that it didn't interest me. I didn't make it past the 3rd story.
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I first started writing when I was a counselor in a halfway house after college and I had a colleague who always wrote, "Things just fine," in the log we used to track the states of mind of our clients. Given that they were all chronically mentally ill, 'things just fine' was a bit misleading. I started trying to use the small space we had to capture what I saw and discovered the power of clear de ...more
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