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An Ornithologist's Guide to Life

ISBN 0-393-32704-3


"These tales are unpretentious, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but all written from a position of tenderness so profound that at any moment, on any page, feeling bursts, explodes, into painful knowledge or knowledgeable pain."

The Washington Post

"Gorgeous and haunting." Vanity Fair


How I love to write short stories! Beginning writers think they're easy to write. But oh dear! a good short story takes months or even years to get right. Here are eleven of mine that I'm most proud of. The title story ran in Glimmertrain. The opening story was published in The Paris Review. I'm so proud to have collected them and the others here for you to read and enjoy.


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