Babylon and Other Stories by Alix Ohlin

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In their various locales--from Montreal (where a prosthetic leg casts a furious spell on its beholders) to New Mexico (where a Soviet-era exchange student redefines home for his hosts)--the characters in Babylon are coming to terms with life's epiphanies, for good or ill.

They range from the very young who, confronted with their parents' limitations, discover their own resolve, to those facing middle age and its particular indignities, no less determined to assert themselves and shape their destinies. Babylon and Other Stories showcases the wit, humor, and insight that have made Alix Ohlin one of the most admired young writers working today.

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About Alix Ohlin

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Alix Ohlin is the author of The Missing Person, a novel; Babylon and OtherStories; and Signs and Wonders, a new collection. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best New American Voices, and on public radio's Selected Shorts. She lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, where she teaches at Lafayette College.
Published December 10, 2008 by Vintage. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Is the first task of the short story to reveal small and well-observed truths about life, or is it to transform life into a story that will ring truer than reality?

Aug 06 2006 | Read Full Review of Babylon and Other Stories

The Kenyon Review

If you like your fiction to feature almost shockingly thorough character development done at maximal efficiency (meaning: you need be only paragraphs into one of her stories to fully know the person you're reading about), and if you like the sort of stories in which plots hinge on the sort of sma...

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The story's arc isn't anywhere as predictable as it looks, and Ohlin delicately, almost imperceptibly, steers its course in an unexpected direction: Claire ultimately comes to realize that a key component of who she thinks she is as a person is false, and in the end is happier for it.

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