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Surrounded By Water

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Awards for stories in Surrounded by Water include First Place in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open for “While Surrounded by Water”; Second Place in the Glimmer Train Family Matters Contest for “Us Hungarians”; a 2010 Million Writers Notable Story award for “Buccaneers”; an Editor’s Pick in the Mid-American Review Fineline Competition for “Removal of Oneself From Corporate Ide ...more
Paperback, 170 pages
Published May 3rd 2012 by Press 53 (first published April 3rd 2012)
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Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Some real standout stories, like her elongated Surrounded by Water, from Feeding Strays, and The Widow, the Pillow, the Sagging House. And lines like: "Tess has met two men in her life that change for the worse when they drink, and one of them is in her living room"; "he sits in his couch-dent and proclaims things." Freele is a wonderful, inventive writer.
Melanie Page
Apr 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Surrounded by Water, Stefanie Freele’s debut collection from Press 53 (2012), is a mix of short-shorts and short stories. Many of the ideas in the collection absurd and funny, like when a woman buys her friend Hugh a birthday cake complete with a woman inside who will jump out and sing—except she waits inside the cake so long she has a heat stroke and dies. In response, Hugh and his friend go “stumbling off the porch and wandering through the night singing happy birthday to Hugh, [the friend], t ...more
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stories, blurbed-it
Full disclosure, I wrote this as a blurb at the author's request, and not as a review, but I meant every word:

“Stefanie Freele's fiction offers the thrill of discovering details sure to be overlooked by a less alert eye. Her characters take control of their lives by insisting — as their author does — that each moment matters, and can become something resonant and moving and strange in the very best way. Read these rare stories, and you will learn all over again how to look.”
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
I've been reading the stories from Surrounded by Water. They are quirky and brilliant. I particularly liked the short ones, wow! The title piece could be a novel. These stories are all fantastic.

This book should be on sale at airports, perfect reading for when you're waiting for the plane or flying.

Congratulations on a fine book!Surrounded By Water
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These stories are wild enough that you almost don't notice how well written they are, how perfect the sentences are. Granted, there are some I like more than others, but stories like "Quack" alone make this book deserve a five star rating. Shorter stories, longer stories, funny stories, alarming stories- it's all here. Freele can do wonderful things with stories.
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful collection of sometimes quirky - sometimes heart wrenching - always thought provoking stories. A must read!
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
If a peppy dude in a polo shirt and boat shoes tried to sell me a time-share in Freele's head for two weeks every year, I'd seriously consider it. I'd consider it while enjoying my free luau.
Yuvi Zalkow
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
a collection of beautiful little explosive flashes of fiction.
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This is a novel of grief dealing with it in all forms. It is also a love story and one of suspense. It grabs you from the very beginning and will not let go until you finish it. It is so well written you will feel very involved with the characters. It's difficult to believe this is the author's first book. I am eager for more from her.
Bonnie ZoBell
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful collection of stories by an exceptional writer.
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Stefanie was born and raised in Wisconsin and currently lives on a river in the Northwest.

Stefanie Freele is the author of the new short story collection "Feeding Strays" published by Lost Horse Press. Recent and forthcoming work can be found literary magazines such as: Glimmer Train, American Literary Review, Wigleaf, Night Train, Literary Mama, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Frigg, Dogplotz, and