An Unrehearsed Desire by Lauren B. Davis

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The fifteen stories in this dazzling collection range from the story of a heart-broken father coming to terms with the drug-overdose death of his son, a young girl outsmarting a pedophile during what she calls, “the summer of naked men,” and a brilliant but socially awkward woman who deals with betrayal by taking on the persona of a bear.
Weaving these stories together is the notion that what one wants and what one needs are not always the same things. In “It Could Be Serious,” a child must choose between the safety of her mother’s controlling over-indulgence and the wider, more dangerous world. In “Snow Like Silence,” a woman who professes a craving for solitude finds herself more isolated than she ever imagined by a freak ice-storm, and in “Nice Guy,” a man who thinks who knows everything he needs to about love is taught a lesson by a damaged girl from his childhood.
This collection continues the acclaimed author’s exploration into her characters’ psychological landscapes and ensures her reputation as a writer of razor-sharp intellect and deep compassion.

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LAUREN B. DAVIS is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novels The Stubborn Season and The Radiant City, as well as two collections of short stories, An Unrehearsed Desire and Rat Medicine & Other Unlikely Curatives. Born in Montreal, Davis lived in France for ten years. She now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Visit her at, follow her on Twitter @laurenbdavis or become a fan on Facebook.
Published February 15, 2011 by Exile Editions. 257 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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