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Marie-Helene Bertino

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Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of the novel 2 A.M. AT THE CAT’S PAJAMAS and the story collection SAFE AS HOUSES. Her work has received The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship in Cork, Ireland, The O. Henry Prize, The Pushcart Prize and two Special Mentions, The Iowa Short Fiction Award, fellowships from The MacDowell and Hedgebrook Writers Colonies, The Center For Fiction NYC, and Sewanee Writers Conference, and has twice been featured on NPR’s “Selected Shorts” radio program. The former Associate Editor for One Story, she is the current Editor-at-Large for Catapult. She teaches fiction at NYU, The New School, and in the low-residency MFA program at Institute for American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, and lives in Broo ...more

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“Seeing his face after months was as immediate as a pointed gun.”
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“We carry our ancestors in our names and sometimes we carry our ancestors through the sliding doors of emergency rooms and either way they are heavy, man, either way we can't escape.”
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“You can’t say you know a city unless you know three ways to everywhere.”
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“Music fills the space between them. Mark wants to take the pill that keeps him awake, but not in front of his daughter. Instead, he flirts. "There's a lot of trouble with a brown-eyed handsome man. In your travels have you found this to be true?"
This is Madeleine's favorite game. His role is to ask silly questions and hers is to answer as if he is serious, neither one acknowledging the other conversation that goes on wordlessly around them, in which some other, better version of themselves say: Isn't it nice to be father and daughter?”
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“It is dark, dark seven A.M. on Christmas Eve Eve.”
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“The heavy thud of the front door closing. He leaves the phone on the desk. The hallway is dark and long and empty. "Louisa?" His voice echoes against the walls as if he is asking himself her name.”
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“Bob Dylan never has his own cigarettes. I thought this was charming at first.”
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“I'm a minor character in my own life.”
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