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Book Title: Forgetting English: Stories|
The author of the book: Midge Raymond
ISBN 13: 9781618220516
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 848 KB
Edition: Ashland Creek Press
Date of issue: January 4th 2017
Read full description of the books Forgetting English: Stories:Winner of the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction
In this new, expanded edition of her prize-winning collection, Midge Raymond stretches the boundaries of place as she explores the indelible imprint of home upon the self and the ways in which new frontiers both defy and confirm who we are. The characters who inhabit these stories travel for business or for pleasure, sometimes out of duty and sometimes in search of freedom, and each encounters the unexpected. From a biologist navigating the stark, icy moonscape of Antarctica to a businesswoman seeking refuge in the lonely islands of the South Pacific, the characters in these stories abandon their native landscapes--only to find that, once separated from the ordinary, they must confront new interpretations of who they really are, and who they're meant to be.
"Raymond's prose often lights up the poetry-circuits of the brain, less because of lyrical language and more due to things that work as both literal and symbolic nouns: stolen rings, voice-mail messages gone astray; heavy-footed humans in the middle of fragile habitats...Parts of these polished stories, if read aloud, would sound like a smart patient describing a dream to a psychoanalyst."
-- The Seattle Times
"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
"Raymond skillfully uses the resources of place, culture, and language to reveal the complications of the heart and the complexities of human character and circumstance."
"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
"In her impressive debut collection, Forgetting English, Midge Raymond sets her stories in a variety of locations outside the continental United States...Alongside personal, human histories, Raymond incorporates larger traditions. Marriage rites. Fertility symbols. The meaning of jade. The natural history of the penguin."
--Fiction Writers Review
Read information about the authorMidge Raymond is the author of the novel My Last Continent and a short-story collection, Forgetting English, which received the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Her stories have appeared in TriQuarterly, American Literary Review, North American Review, Bellevue Literary Review, the Los Angeles Times magazine, Poets & Writers, and many other publications.
Midge is also the author of Everyday Writing: Tips and Prompts to Fit Your Regularly Scheduled Life and Everyday Book Marketing: Promotion Ideas to Fit Your Regularly Scheduled Life and teaches creative writing workshops around the country. She taught communication writing at Boston University for six years, and she has taught creative writing at Boston's Grub Street Writers, Seattle's Richard Hugo House, and San Diego Writers, Ink.
Midge lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her online at www.MidgeRaymond.com.
"Midge Raymond’s debut novel is a sensitive exploration of how even the smallest action can ripple through an ecosystem — seemingly impenetrable, but as fragile as the human heart." — Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“My Last Continent is a complicated love story and an education in the plight of penguins in Antarctica, showcasing the beauty and terror unique to one of the world’s most remote terrains…Raymond skillfully captures the stunning and singular landscape and its special inhabitants.” — Publishers Weekly
“Atmospheric and adventurous…the story and vivid writing will keep readers glued to the pages.” — Library Journal
"Raymond's prose often lights up the poetry-circuits of the brain." — The Seattle Times
"If you’re a writer looking for a friendly companion and supportive coach for your writing life, you’ll find her living in the pages of Everyday Writing." —Judy Reeves, author of A Writer's Book of Days
"Whether we're aspiring writers or already published, in this age of overcommitment and social media, we all lose connection to our writer-selves. Midge Raymond's cool, clear, lovely voice in Everyday Writing is the way back. This invaluable collection of writing prompts and sage advice should be on every writer's shelf—and used!—alongside Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird and Stephen King's On Writing.”
—Jenna Blum, author of New York Times & international bestsellers Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers
“Whether you are a seasoned writer, or just beginning your first novel, this is an important book to own. You will find yourself going back to it again and again for reference and assistance." — Portland Book Review
“Everyday Book Marketing is an indispensable resource…The practical advice contained within has more worth than many other alleged guidebooks." — Chicago Center for Literature and Photography
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