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Driving Men Mad
by Elise Levine
The seventeen stories in this highly acclaimed collection are unflinching in their honesty, moving in their wisdom, by turns tough and surprisingly tender in their clear-eyed depiction of lives lived on the margins. With heartbreaking urgency, a woman recalls her all-consuming affair with the reckless lover who ultimately abandoned her by the side of a highway. A lonely ca ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 19th 2003 by Emblem Editions
(first published August 1st 1995)
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I really like finding books by writers I've never heard of. I didn't know what to expect from Elise Levine, but Driving Men Mad is an incredible book of short stories. She writes in a way that makes me embarrassed about my writing. Stories like "Boris" and "Aerodrome" completely put me in the character's minds. "Boris" is the boogeyman in a girl's imagination. "When Boris walks up the stairs he keeps his eyes shut, not because he's asleep- because he's dead." We see what's behind Boris, all of t ...more