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Product Details

  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: OV Books (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976717743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976717744
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 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: #2,362,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The strangeness of the stories in Things That Pass For Love give them a particular kind of universality; we believe in these characters and situations even as we're made a little uncomfortable at how easily we recognize them." --Lynna Williams, Chicago Tribune

"The strangeness of the stories in Things That Pass for Love give them a particular kind of universality; we believe in these characters and situations even as we're made a little uncomfortable at how easily we recognize them." --Lynna Williams, Chicago Tribune

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"The terrible impact of bodies falling from the sky, the shrill thwack of a golf ball hit out-of-bounds, the elusively tender caress upon a faithful dog's head. Such tactile, sensory imagery infuses Amend's lustrous collection of short fiction that celebrates the forlorn and isolated, the disgruntled and misunderstood, the least guarded and most apprehensive among us. With sly humor and subtle insight, Amend traces the uncertain trajectory of love from devotion to deception, blossom to breakup, through relationships both casual and deep. An inner-city schoolteacher tries desperately to break down the barriers between insensitivity and empathy in `Dominion over Every Erring Thing,' while a writer of cybererotica is surprised by a callous lack of loyalty in `The People You Know Best.' In a world where husbands begrudgingly support wives and sisters inexplicably betray brothers, where lovers appear and disappear at whim, Amend's dialogue is crisp and pure, her observations nuanced and keen, her understanding of the human condition buoyant and clear."

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Allison Amend, a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, is the author of the Independent Publisher Book Award-winning short story collection THINGS THAT PASS FOR LOVE and the novel STATIONS WEST, which was a finalist for the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Oklahoma Book Award. Her new novel, A NEARLY PERFECT COPY, will be published on April 9, 2013. She lives in New York City, where she teaches creative writing at Lehman College and for the Red Earth MFA program. Visit her on the web at: http://www.allisonamend.com or http://www.facebook.com/AllisonAmendAuthor

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David W. Walthour on November 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
These stories are so diverse that the collection almost has the feel of an anthology. The voices, settings, lifestyles and plots of the individual pieces allow the reader to step into many different worlds, and each feels equally convincing. What unites the stories, though, is their theme of striving for some kind of connection and, as the title indicates, "love" in a modern, isolated world. Some stories deal with romantic love, but most delve into other areas of life that cause people to feel their lives have meaning and purpose: family, work, faith, bonding with nature and the animal world. Amend's characters keep missing the boat on these connections, but keep longing for them and pursuing them with a fragile hope and an incredible amount of wit and keen intelligence. It's amazing that this is Amend's first book! She is a great new talent, especially for fans of the kind of savvy, super-smart but intensely enjoyable short fiction books that used to abound in the 80s and 90s. A great find!
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Format: Paperback
This is an exceptional group of stories by an exceptionally gifted writer. The characters are marvelously drawn and very diverse. Thank you Allison Amend. Don Borzak
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By Bailey W. Hikawa on October 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
The book is fabulous and capturing. A must read. I never put it down. She is an amazing writer.
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