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Other Heartbreaks by Patricia Henley
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Jan 20, 2012

it was amazing

It's hard to believe Patricia Henley's stories aren't real, that the characters in Other Heartbreaks aren't out there keeping secrets, struggling to move on. Not much happens in these stories in the way of plot or traditional narrative arc; instead, the story emerges from the character's lives, the accumulation of many heartbreaks. If, as Henley says, the writing of short stories is a "humble activity," it's the humility of a family photo album, where each collection of faces means something, sometimes something deep and troubling.
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