Darling? by Heidi Jon Schmidt

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In the spirit of Lorrie Moore, Julie Hecht, and Elizabeth McCracken: a funny and observant story collection that captures the complexity of human relationships

In this smart and original story collection, Heidi Jon Schmidt paints her subjects with delicate care. What emerges are characters who are both flawed and lovable—flighty women married to unbearably academic men; a diligent psychotherapy patient obsessed with her middle-aged narcissistic dump of a therapist; a gaggle of talentless writers too concerned with marketing strategy to put words on paper. Sparkling with keen wit and sharp insight, Darling? marks the return of an extremely gifted writer.

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Heidi Jon Schmidt is the author of the acclaimed story collections Darling? and The Rose Thieves. Her stories have been widely published and anthologized, most recently in The O. Henry Awards: Prize Stories 2002. She lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she teaches at the Fine Arts Work Center.
Published September 8, 2001 by Picador. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(Schmidt can’t resist bursting into the narrative with righteous exclamations in the face of Francine’s sense of being shut out by both her husband and sister: “What’s more erotic than one’s own darling self?”) In the title story, Daisy, a woman living outside of Boston, with her “rages and despa...

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to publish one is a kindness, to publish a whole book is pure philanthropy', and she also knows that a good story deals with 'all the longings, the prayers unanswered that drive us through our lives, the ironies we slip on so hilariously.' Schmidt meets the brief.

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Not every story is masterful, but each presents a new and utterly believable world inhabited by a narrator one can't help loving despite (or more likely, because of) her faults.

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