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Called “extremely funny and mordant” by Sherman Alexie, Xhenet Aliu’s debut fiction collection, Domesticated Wild Things, and Other Stories, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction. Her debut novel, Brass, will be published by Random House in January 2018.

Her stories and essays have appeared in Glimmer Train, The Barcelona Review, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere, and she has received fellowships and scholarships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Djerassi Resident Artists Foundation, and elsewhere. A native of Waterbury, Connecticut, whose brass industry attracted large waves of Eastern European immigrants before the demise of the factories in the 1970s and ’80s, she was born to an Alb
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3.68 avg rating — 1,639 ratings — published 2018 — 6 editions
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Spotify is by default set to "share," which means it'll let your Facebook friends or Spotify followers know exactly what song you're listening to at that moment. The idea of the internet sharing, by default, moments--like listening to, say, Steely Dan on your headphones while your partner snores on the mattress next to you--that feel intimate, or at least personal, is kind of horrifying to me.... Read more of this blog post »
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"I loved the way this book was written. In one chapter it was about the mother Elsie when she was 17 working at a restaurant and becoming pregnant, to Luljeta (Lulu) being close to the same age as her mom was when she became pregnant and realizing..." Read more of this review »
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"Although I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, I would definitely have bought it. I loved it! It was one of those " I'll quit reading when I finish the next chapter...okay....the next chapter". I couldn't put it down. It now has a place on my s..." Read more of this review »
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" Ann wrote: "Is this an analogy or a logic test question?
Reading is spending time with you.
You (Xhenet) are fun.
Reading is fun."


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I don’t really read for fun, but it’s really efficient if I can have fun while reading, because then I don’t have to think about other ways to do it, and honestly right now all I can come up with is Pandemic™ and group classes at the Y. But for about ...more
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Luckily I’m off the hook for finding something clever and insightful to say about Celeste Ng’s fiction, because the world has already caught on.
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“I’m not trying to get hurt, either. I’m not looking for pain,” I said. “You should be,” she said. “You should look all the time for it, so you know where it is, and you can stay far, far away.”
Xhenet Aliu, Brass

“Empathy’s not really optional if you want to fully and productively engage with the world.”
Xhenet Aliu

“How was I supposed to know that Bashkim’s past wasn’t a cold he could shake but a terminal condition? How was I supposed to know that everybody’s was?”
Xhenet Aliu, Brass

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