With dark humor, the recurring characters in Roberta Allen's stories see themselves and others through distorting mirrors. The pain of never quite connecting is thrown into shadow as they go about their everyday lives and try to recapture their youth.

“I love this book. The writer is always visible as one of the characters, trying to sort out reality and memory. She keeps collapsing her own life into her stories and in doing so creates a wonderful picture of the way our minds actually work. Everything merges and the act of writing and remembering is the real subject here.”Laurie Anderson

“Roberta Allen’s sharp, jarring stories are bitingly honest and funny as hell. These sixty-ish characters grapple with messy pasts, simmering rivalries, and longings both sexual and transcendent. Rarely has anyone written so frankly about aging, and the ways we create our own past.”Dawn Raffel, author of The Secret Life of Objects

A Tennessee Williams Fellow in Fiction and a Yaddo Fellow, Roberta Allen is a short story writer, novelist and memoirist, with nine published books. Her stories have appeared in such journals as Conjunctions, Guernica, Bomb, Open City, The Literarian and The Brooklyn Rail. She has taught at Columbia University, and for many years at The New School.

Language has been the focus of Roberta Allen's literary/innovative fiction and the inspiration for most of her conceptual art, exhibited internationally. Her work is held in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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