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What Keeps Me Here: Stories

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In this collection of poems, Beown's prose moves from stark realism to the wavering surrealism of fairy tales or dreams as she tells of a woman who is transformed from being a creator of paintings to a creation of her paintings; the effect of a forgotten past on a pair of lovers; or the effort to repair the physical damage of a faded relationship.
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published February 9th 2000 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published August 8th 1996)
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tee
Aug 08, 2010 tee rated it it was amazing
Woah. I've read quite a few collections of short stories by various authors lately and each has been so unique but this one undubitably so. Brown writes surreal horror in stories such as "The Princess and the Pea", and "What Keeps Me Here" which were incredibly unsettling considering the brevity of words and the lack of flowery prose or description.

My two favourite, "Faith" and "The Relationship" were less surreal, but still haunting. Her sentences are stripped down and cold and the stories lin
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Susan
Dec 04, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
This is an interesting collection of short stories. I liked "Bread" and "The Enchantment" the most.
Several of the stories were very distributing.
Renee
Feb 16, 2013 Renee rated it it was ok
Confusing . . . Don't think I get it . . . frightening . . .would not recommend .
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Aug 15, 2009 Britton is currently reading it
signed copy. i want to marry rebecca brown.
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Rebecca Brown’s diverse oeuvre contains collections of essays and short stories, a fictionalized autobiography, a modern bestiary, a memoir in the guise of a medical dictionary, a libretto for a dance opera, a play, and various kinds of fantasy.

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