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Some of Her Friends That Year: New and Selected Stories
Highly regarded for her deft and humorous portrayals of the dark side of modern living, Maxine Chernoff’s latest collection is a droll, poetic field guide to the endearing and troubling aspects of human behavior. Chernoff fans will relish the sixteen new stories, and new readers will discover a wonderful assemblage of Chernoff’s likeable and contemplative characters. Chern ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Coffee House Press
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Oct 15, 2015 David Schaafsma rated it really liked it
Funny and insightful stories, many of them about growing up in/living in a Jewish neighborhood in Chicago. Family stories. Pretty delightful. My interest is in the growing up/coming of age stories set in Chicago, which I really enjoyed. If any of you know other stories about growing up in Chicago, let me know, thanks. I am putting together a book of stories from a variety of neighborhoods/ethnicities/identities/etc.
I'm back to reading short stories because I'm back to writing short stories and am studying endings. Chernoff stops me short because she ends the story two paragraphs early which leaves it "open." Reader imagination takes off. I learned about writing from reading her.
Today, I was in Green Apple, the temporary warehouse store, not the main one, with my friend and we were wandering the aisles like ghosts wander through old houses; we were wandering not in search of books but out of habit. It was hot. There were piles and piles and piles worth of books. I jokingly told my friend, we should stop having readings and have book burnings instead. I saw some books that I wanted to read. Some that I had read. I pulled this book off the shelf. I didn't buy it. I didn't ...more