Whose World Is This?

Whose World Is This?

by Lee Montgomery


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Montgomery's characters blow drugs and boys, advise friends who are dying of AIDS about pennies in penny loafers, write letters to Caroline Kennedy, and fall in love with movie stars. Some lose themselves to ambivalence while contemplating motherhood; others find themselves soothed when, after hearing of the sudden death of a dear friend they seduce a stranger.
       In the story "We Americans," a woman abandoned by her husband grows so vulnerable, she internalizes TV news tragedies by developing hives in the shapes of foreign countries. In the title story, Hannah, a speed freak working the graveyard shift in a nursing home, falls in love with a quadriplegic who void of feelings in his limbs, feel things she cannot. In "Avalanche", an editor to movie stars in Beverly Hills struggles with how to reconcile her own story with the fairy-tale endings of celebrity culture.
    Tender, poignant, and at times hilarious, the women in Whose World Is This? turn common notions of love, compassion, and tradition upside down as they show us how vulnerability, although dangerous, is what makes life astonishingly beautiful and reality strangely unreal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587296147
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Publication date: 09/15/2007
Series: John Simmons Short Fiction Award Series
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Lee Montgomery is the author of The Things between Us: A Memoir. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is the editorial director of Tin House Books and the executive editor of Tin House magazine.

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