Elizabeth Poliner

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Elizabeth Poliner is the author of As Close to Us as Breathing, a novel; Mutual Life & Casualty, a novel-in-stories; What You Know in Your Hands, a poetry collection; and Sudden Fog, a poetry chapbook. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared widely in literary journals including the Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Colorado Review. She is a recipient of seven individual artist grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, fiction fellowships to the Wesleyan and Sewanee writers’ conferences, and artist residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She teaches creative writing in the MFA and undergraduate programs at H ...more

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Although Elizabeth Poliner’s As Close to Us as Breathing takes place within the confines of a small seaside community, the story the novel tells is nothing short of epic. Unfolding over multiple generations of an American-Jewish family, Poliner’s work encompasses a world much larger than the one defined by its locale. The story is haunted by a very real death tha...

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“What about love?” My father laughed wearily. “Love is putting up with a whole lot. Putting up with it and feeling good about it. Howard, my son,” he said, gripping his shoulder, “that’s love.”
Elizabeth Poliner, As Close to Us as Breathing

“A newer wave of immigrants were now telling their tales from whatever pockets of America they inhabited about huddling and separating and assimilating and holding on. Our story, in that sense, was over. And our cottage, too, was gone, had been sold long ago, ten years after the accident, when everyone finally realized they just didn’t want to go back anymore.”
Elizabeth Poliner, As Close to Us as Breathing

“But such is the way of family: we are what they tell us we are, and part of life’s great struggle, it’s always seemed to me, is to know oneself despite that imposing collective definition.”
Elizabeth Poliner, As Close to Us as Breathing

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As Close to Us as Breathing As Close to Us as Breathing by Elizabeth Poliner by Elizabeth PolinerA multigenerational family saga about the long-lasting reverberations of one tragic summer by "a wonderful talent [who] should be read widely"
 
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