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Jewelry Box : A Collection of Histories
by Aurelie Sheehan


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The sixty-eight short works in this collection (some only a paragraph, others a few pages) straddle memoir and fiction, exploring the nuances of sexuality, motherhood, love, and ambition. Like Lydia Davis, Aurelie Sheehan's stories are potent miniatures that blossom out from seemingly insignificant encounters and objects.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The sixty-eight short works in this collection (some only a paragraph, others a few pages) straddle memoir and fiction, exploring the nuances of sexuality, motherhood, love, and ambition. Like Lydia Davis, Aurelie Sheehan's stories are potent miniatures that blossom out from seemingly insignificant encounters and objects. "Jewelry Box" is a collection of intimate renderings of the life that surrounds us, just under the surface.

Aurelie Sheehan is author of two novels, "History Lesson for Girls" and "The Anxiety of Everyday Objects," and the story collection "Jack Kerouac Is Pregnant." She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781938160240
  • ISBN-10: 193816024X
  • Publisher: BOA Editions
  • Publish Date: October 2013
  • Page Count: 123

Series: American Readers

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Books > Fiction > Short Stories (single author)

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-08-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

Sheehan’s (History Lessons for Girls) collection of 58 short stories features “histories” somewhere between flash fiction and prose poems and memoirs. Sheehan uses small moments and objects that capture the essences of larger personal histories—lives made up of motherhood, writing, love, friendships, and everything in between. In “Density,” she makes a much-put-off telephone call to her great-aunt. The smallest gesture of sisterly tenderness is depicted in “Devotion.” In “Suntan Lotion,” a teenage girl lays on the beach with her new love interest. A young writer has dinner with her mentor and marvels at a dessert chef’s ability to deliver a punchline in “Joke.” Rather than getting ensconced in the heavy drape of narrative, these short flares of memory allow the reader to enter Sheehan’s memories as they are in her mind—a jumble of moments, people, objects, and sounds as they exist before analysis and ordering. (Oct.)

 
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