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What Waiting Really Means

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In this slim volume of fragile prose, small-press author Seese acknowledges her spiritual and stylistic mentor, Joan Didion, whose sense of "only disconnect" pervades this aphoristic memoir of a middle-aged woman on the edge of a nervous breakdown. Mary from Detroit — the narrator with no last name, and a vaguely ethnic background — in fact descends into madness for a brie ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published March 1st 1990 by Dalkey Archive Press
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Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rand by: Garima

That elusive, illusory concept haunts my mind long after having finished turning the eighty-eight pages of this novella which I obtained for less than the price of a pack of cigarettes.

Recently, from thoughts elsewhere, I began seeing objects and experiences (books especially so) as investments more in terms of time than money (that books and other salacious objects may alter consciousness is a plus). And this is perhaps bleedingly obvious to you already, but lost monies may be recouped
Dec 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
I discovered this strange little book in 2006 and was struck by its bold and jarring content as well as its obscurity. I googled the author and found her to be fairly uncelebrated, though she seems to be a precursor to wonderful (and more noted) writers like Lydia Davis, Diane Williams, and Mary Robison. Fans of those writers should seek out this gem.
Nov 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
I read the first story and had a heart attack of love.
Dec 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who enjoy flash fiction.
This is a tiny novel, told in short short stories. The voice is strong and witty, knowing and desperate and hugely honest. I was a little disappointed in the ending, as it seemed to be thrown in to be mildly shocking, rather than illuminating the story itself, but I do want to read more by this author and it made me think I might try this approach for my own novel. Thanks, Nance Knauer, for sending it to me!
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June Akers Seese, the instructor of Callanwolde’s Memoir courses, is a novelist who has also taught “Women and Fiction”, “The Fictional Process”, and “Style and Politics in the work of Pearl Cleage and Grace Paley” in the Callanwolde writing program. Recipient of a 2001 Yaddo Writer’s Fellowship, Ms. Seese is the author of two novels, Is This What Other Women Feel Too? and What Waiting Really Mean ...more
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