Laurie stone my life as an animal

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laurie stone my life as an animal

My Life as an Animal: Stories by Laurie Stone

A woman meets a man and falls in love. She is sixty, a writer and lifelong New Yorker raised by garmentos. She thought this kind of thing wouldn’t happen again. He is English, so who knows what he thinks. He is fifty-six, a professor now living in Arizona, the son of a bespoke tailor. As the first of Laurie Stone’s linked stories begins, the writer contemplates what life would be like in the desert with the professor. As we learn how she became the person she is, we also come to know the artists and politics of the downtown scene of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, a cultural milieu that remains alive in her. In sharply etched prose, Stone presents a woman constantly seduced by strangers, language, the streets— even a wildlife trail. Her characters realize that they feel at home in dislocation—in always living in two places at the same time: east and west, past and present, the bed and the grave (or copper urn). Love may not last, the writer knows. Then again, when has anything you thought about the future turned out right?
 

 
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My Life as an Animal, Stories by Laurie Stone

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Damn you, Ford Madox Ford. I wanted to be done with a friend I had turned into a character in My Life as an Animal. Then I read page ninety-nine, and there she was in an armchair, talking about love and work, as if no time had passed. She was older than me, more accomplished, a little famous. We were close half a lifetime ago.

My Life as an Animal: Stories and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. My Life as an Animal: Stories Paperback – October 15, As the first of Laurie Stone’s linked stories begins, the writer contemplates what life would be like in the desert with the.
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Writer's Digest Award

It engages memoir, in the sense that it is a book composed of life-events and fragments. And so there are lovely lengthy passages talking about Jewish history, Beckett, W. G Sebald, cellular biology, museums and the sculpture of David Nash. Some of the stories are long, moving gracefully between present and past lives. The stories can be read independently of the others, but the full impact comes only at the end, once all the stories have been experienced. And as in montage, the effect here is not of smoothing out contradictions into one homogenized whole of a life, but rather that of a collision, which creates meaning through fission. Prickly, too.

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