Confessions of a Falling Woman: And Other Stories (Paperback)

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This is a wonderful collection of ten short stories from the author of The Madonnas of Leningrad.
Dean worked as an actor in New York before becoming a writer and
teacher at the University of Miami, and many of these stories are about
actors. In the title story, a woman writes to her former husband years
after the death of their only child and their breakup, to apologize for
blaming him for the fatal car accident. In another story, a couple's
lives are changed by a foiled apartment break-in. "The Bodhisttava"
describes the feelings of a woman who runs into her former
psychotherapist who had stopped seeing her when it appeared that she had
fallen in love with him. Authentic voices, describing encounters with
the vagaries of life. . .

— Julie


Ten masterworks of short fiction—by turns tender, comic, powerful, and devastating—from the highly praised author of The Madonnas of Leningrad

A surprised Southern matriarch is confronted by her family at an intervention. . . . A life-altering breakin triggers insomniac introspection in a desperate actor. . . . Streetwise New York City neighbors let down their guard for a naïve puppeteer and must suffer the consequences. . . .
In this stunning collection of short stories—five of which are being published for the very first time bestselling, award-winning author Debra Dean displays the depth and magnitude of her literary talent. Replete the seamless storytelling and captivating lyrical voice that made her debut novel, The Madonnas of Leningrad, a national bestseller, Dean’s Confessions of a Falling Woman is a haunting, satisfying, and unforgettable reading experience.

“A novel that dares to be beautiful—and fully succeeds.”—Daily Mail (London)

About the Author

Debra Dean worked as an actor in New York theater for nearly a decade before opting for the life of a writer and teacher. She and her husband now live in Miami, where she teaches at the University at Miami. She is at work on her second novel.

Praise For…

“A humorous collection . . . Readers will certainly forget themselves in these sparkling stories, pausing over small, strange moments that change entire lives.”
— Publishers Weekly

“An attractive wry humor ripples through this collection of ten stories . . . Beautifully calibrated . . . Dean has a fine appreciation for the way chance can save or doom careers and marriages. More, please.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“Dean is a marvelous chameleon of a writer, adapting, reflecting, revealing multiple, generous worlds with perceptiveness, humor and light.”
— A. Manette Ansay, author of Blue Water and Vinegar Hill
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060825324
ISBN-10: 0060825324
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: January 29th, 2008
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: P.S.

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