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Everyone But Us, tales of women

4.71  ·  Rating Details ·  7 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
A marine biologist is stranded in the Arizona desert. A troubled beauty travels the world in search of an elusive identity. A concert pianist is ripped from her profession. A worn circus performer executes her ultimate trick. These are some of the women you’ll meet in this engaging and diverse collection of seventeen stories. Their personalities and relationships will ...more
Kindle Edition, 217 pages
Published January 2015 by Amazon Digital Services (first published November 12th 2012)
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Dec 16, 2012 Áine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Home to Roy, snakes and lizards; Home to Francine, mistress of arpeggios; Home to Everyone But Us.

Everyone But Us - tales of women is an adult story book. Dear reader, do not look for fairy-tale endings. V. S. Kemanis is certainly one of the most intelligent writers I have read, writers of classics included. Her insight into human behavior is truly unusual and her ability to capture it in the words, gestures, the actions of her characters, and her ability to point us to inevitable implications,
Sheela Word
These stories are absolutely wonderful. If you are a fan of writers such as Alice Munro, John Cheever, John O’Hara, Lorrie Moore, or Maeve Binchy, you will love this highly diverse and engaging collection. Themes and plots are wide-ranging: daughters repeat their mother’s mistakes, long-term relationships take unexpected turns, marginalized women find canny ways to survive, friendship provides consolation and inspiration, seeming groups of friends are rife with intrigue and power struggles, ...more
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Apr 09, 2014 Susan Lulgjuraj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
V.S. Kemanis offers short, yet remarkable glimpses into the lives of women. Her group of short stories reflects women of all different types of backgrounds, socio-economic statuses, and ages.

Kemanis does a nice job of getting into the heart of a moment. Since these are short stories, they usually focus on a certain time and place, a turning point in their lives. One of the most interesting aspects, however, is how the stories are so different and yet similar.

Stories include an elderly woman who
Aug 24, 2013 Jo-Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone But Us is an amazing group of short stories. They are real-life type stories about women in various social/economic situations that anyone can identify with. Kemanis has a remarkable way with both character and story line descriptions. I have no idea how she could put so much feeling into such a small space in her short stories, but she did. I could easily feel the joy and pain of the women in her stories. The only downside to the stories in Everyone But Us was that they made me feel ...more
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V.S. Kemanis is a California native and currently resides in New York. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law at Boulder. In her legal career she has been a criminal prosecutor for county and state agencies, argued criminal appeals for the prosecution and defense, conducted complex civil litigation, and ...more
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