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Lily in the Desert (Carnegie Mellon Series in Short Fiction) [Paperback]

Annie Dawid
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December 2001 0887483615 978-0887483615 1ST
Dawid's cast of characters spans a variety of ages, nationalities, genders and sensibilities. Her wanderers traverse continents; people collide with one another in France, Greece, China, New Mexico, upstate New York. A Palestinian lesbian meets her Jewish doppelganger in a Salt Lake City bar; in the title story, a lonely, middle-aged man longs only for the company of his dog, Lily, during a suicidal drive through the snowbound Nevada desert. (Mimi Albert)

Editorial Reviews


Dawid walks into [characters'] lives, cuts through their self-delusions and exposes the broken limb, the raw nerve. -- Women's Review of Books, Dec. 2002, by Valerie Miner

In exuberant prose, Dawid demonstrates an unending fascination with and passion for humanity in all its twists and variations. -- American Book Review Jan/Feb 2003, by Mimi Albert

In exuberant prose, she demonstrates an unending fascination with and passion for humanity in all its twists and variations. -- Mimi Albert in American Book Review, Winter 2002

LILY IN THE DESERT is an inspiring collection depicting pain, growth, and the resillience of the human spirit. -- Alyssa Wood in Blueline, vol. 22, 2002

About the Author

Annie Dawid's first book, YORK FERRY, a novel, is now in a second printing from Cane Hill Press. It was well reviewed in the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, and received a word-of-mouth citation from Library Journal.

Her short stories have won the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, and been anthologized in AMERICAN FICTION (vols. 4 and 10); VOICES FROM THE COUCH; BITTERSWEET LEGACY: STUDIES IN THE SHOAH; WOMEN ON WOMEN II; and ADIRONDACK STORIES.

Her next book, AND DARKNESS WAS UNDER HIS FEET, about her European paternal Jewish roots, is forthcoming.

Product Details

  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Series in Short Fiction
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Carnegie Mellon Univ Pr; 1ST edition (December 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887483615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887483615
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,557,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Annie Dawid lives and writes and teaches and makes art in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of South-Central Colorado. She has published dozens of prize-winning short stories and runs a writer-artist retreat, BloomsburyWest, open to all, during the summer and fall months in Silver Cliff, Colorado. Online and through the mail, Annie edits prose manuscripts of all kinds (see her website) and teaches workshops and classes in fiction writing, most recently at the Taos Summer Writers Conference in New Mexico, Summer 2010. For 16 years, she taught literature and writing at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where she ran the creative writing program for undergraduates. Annie has taught and given readings all over the country, at Purdue, Eastern Kentucky University, Mercyhurst College, Colorado Springs School, as well as in other parts of the globe -- at the Southern Australia Writers Center in Adelaide.

In addition to her three published volumes of fiction, her work has been anthologized in various collections, including works devoted to the literature of the Holocaust, of therapy, of alcohol, and, most recently, GROWING UP GIRL. She teaches AP English at the local high school, makes crafts and shows her artwork, including assemblages and photography, at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Gallery.

She lives with her son and two dogs in an off-the-grid cabin at 9100 feet in the Wet Mountain Valley.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Literary Oasis February 10, 2002
Annie Dawid's characters are like people you meet on a plane, get to know well in an hour, and never forget. She writes across the gender and the gay-straight barriers that hamper lesser imaginations. She writes about Jewish and American cultural history and identity with an ease that masks decades of thoughtful study. "Lily In The Desert" is a generous and delightful gift to the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying journey you don't want to end January 5, 2002
Lily in the Desert takes you to places you want to go. Annie Dawid's touching and poignant book of short stories allows you to travel in the shoes of many sorts...people who are struggling and striving, connecting and disconnected. I loved this book.
"Snow Blossoms" was particularly moving and the last story, "The Settlement" is a masterpiece. I am recommending Lily in the Desert to anyone and everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Read March 5, 2002
Annie Dawid's thought provoking new book, Lily in the Desert, draws the reader in until the very last page.
Often with a book of short stories there are some stories that a reader prefers over others. Every story in this book has its own unique personality just as the characters do. Each story almost demands that the reader care about the characters and makes it difficult to choose a favorite.
This book is a compelling read.
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