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"Raymond's prose often lights up the poetry-circuits of the brain." -- Seattle Times

"Raymond has quiet, unrelenting control over the writing; each story is compelling and thrives because each detail and line of dialogue reveals just a little more about the characters and the evocative settings." -- The Rumpus

"All of her stories are heartbreakingly honest ... I wouldn't be surprised if she started getting compared to Alice Munro or Jhumpa Lahiri." -- Seattle Books Examiner

About the Author

Midge Raymond's short-story collection, Forgetting English, received the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Her stories have appeared in TriQuarterly, American Literary Review, Indiana Review, North American Review, Bellevue Literary Review, the Los Angeles Times magazine, and many other publications. Her work has been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes and received an Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship.

Midge taught communication writing at Boston University for six years, and she has taught creative writing at Boston's Grub Street Writers and Seattle's Richard Hugo House. While living in Southern California, she held writing workshops and seminars at San Diego Writers, Ink, where she also served as vice president of the board of directors.

Midge lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her online at MidgeRaymond.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Press 53 (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935708384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935708384
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,482,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. M. Cornelia on April 11, 2011
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Midge Raymond's "Forgetting English" draws us into the lives of people who, despite their world travels, find themselves confronted with dilemmas foreign countries cannot erase but, instead, force them into the vortex of their inner demons.
Her fluid prose and poignant character depiction carried me rapidly through each story piquing my interest for the next one. Her characters live on long after the final page has been turned leaving one yearning for the next collection.

If you are a Jhumpa Lahiri fan, this book is for you.
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Some of the tales Ms. Raymond recounts are quite engaging, memorable and give plenty of food for thought from her experience and perspective. There were times, however where her stories were more self indulgent, self centered than I found interesting. As someone who has lived and traveled in Latin America, it's always interesting to see another America woman's perspective.
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As a mother of two young girls, I rarely find long stretches of time to read, so I've really been enjoying short story collections. My favorite recent read is Midge Raymond's collection, Forgetting English. It won the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, and I understand why. Besides the lyrical language and lovely use of metaphor, I was drawn completely into the characters' lives. These are women, in varying moments of crisis or crossroads, whom you'd like to have coffee with, or comfort, or give a stern talking to. And, for me, the underlying theme of the book hit home: What's lost and what's found when we travel the world? How does being somewhere foreign both take us away from ourselves and bring us closer to our true selves? These stories are little gems and, put together, they give the reader a cohesive journey to savor. I highly recommend Forgetting English. Great fodder for book club conversations, too.
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Through Midge Raymond's stories, I was transported to many exotic locations from the South Pacific to Antarctica. Her vivid descriptions of landscapes literally immersed me physically. I met characters so real they moved off the page and into my life. If this sounds a little like literary wizardry, it just might be. To lose oneself in another reality, to experience other worlds--isn't this why we read?

In these finely crafted short stories, Raymond exposes her characters' deepest yearnings and the emotional push and pull that results. She is a master storyteller--her delicious prose, a feast for the reader. I wait impatiently for her next book.
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Midge Raymond continues to do a careful and cunning job of mapping the treacherous landscape of love between husbands and wives, sisters, lovers, and even coworkers in this new edition of Forgetting English. Each story is set in a different and exotic destination around the world that presents its own challenges and further tests these relationship. This new edition adds stories that take place in Australia and Thailand. Her honest prose style and often gritty subject matter leaves the reader in a reflective mood without closure, but true to the short story form, shines a light on that place and that moment that brings all your senses alive.
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