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See Through: Stories

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  76 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
By turns electrifying and haunting, the stories in Nelly Reifler's debut collection, now available in paperback, imagine a world where the emotional logic of dreams and childhood fantasies rules our actions.

In the title story, an educated young woman sits behind the glass of a talk booth in a peep show and becomes a different girl for each man who visits. "The Splinter"
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 19th 2006 by Simon & Schuster (first published August 26th 2003)
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Aug 20, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it
I like short stories. This is really quirky and sometimes creepy. I enjoyed it, but I knew Jani wouldn't so, I left it in the hotel in Seattle for someone to find. I love the idea of leaving and finding books.
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Apr 08, 2015 Robert Warren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With humor, razor insight, and generosity, Nelly Reifler's stories brighten the shadowy corners of life, enlivening misfits and outliers in such a way that we see shared humanity, even as we accept horror and dysfunction. This is prose that'll broaden your inner landscape, give you more room to see characters you might otherwise shy away from. Because her style is often spare, you'll step back from a page and say, "How'd she do that?" She's like a musician; she knows the music exists as much in ...more
Dec 27, 2008 Asya rated it really liked it
This was my "bathroom book'. I usually leave a book of short stories in my bathroom so when nature calls I have something to read. In any event, this book made me stay in the bathroom much longer than I needed to be. I enjoyed the stories, especially "Personal Foundations of Self Forming Through Auto-Identification with Others". Sure, the story is about a squirrel who wants to be a rat but it was so much more. Everyone in their life has wanted to be someone else and be accepted for who you are a ...more
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Jul 22, 2016 D. Arlene rated it it was amazing
I enjoy the stories from this book. The stories were well crafted and I had no problem visualizing the details. I also really liked that one or two stories felt fantastical, though the could also be literal. I really enjoy stories written that way because they're open to interpretation. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a good contemporary writer. And I'd read more of her work.
Nov 24, 2013 Morgan rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
There were a few stories that I wasn't too keen on, but a couple I really enjoyed. The highlight was definitely the Lacanian squirrel with an identity crisis.
Dec 15, 2013 Danielle rated it really liked it
This is a collection that I will mull over for awhile. Some of the stories are breathtaking. Others lean to the creepy side. Overall, a very good collection.
Sep 27, 2013 Risse rated it really liked it
Beautifully written. Short and to the point. The stories are so interesting I can keep re-reading them and never be bored :)
May 24, 2007 Koz rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: superfreaks
Nelly is as good a writer as she is a teacher. These stories are gripping. I was totally gripped.
Oct 21, 2009 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mylibrary
Quietly cunning ... brims with swift, dark precision.
Jun 25, 2007 Heather rated it really liked it
Beautiful, strange stories.
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good short read
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