Do the Windows Open? by Julie Hecht

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In an interconnected anthology of short stories, a freelance photographer and macrobiotics devotee pursues her art, capturing in a series of vignettes the hilarious horrors, mishaps, and foibles of modern life. A first collection. 15,000 first printing.

About Julie Hecht

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Julie Hecht's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and Harper's. She lives in East Hampton, New York in the winter and Massachusetts in the summer. She has been writing stories since she was eight years old.
Published February 1, 1998 by Penguin Books. 224 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Hecht's heroine is a strict vegetarian (``I knew that the Swedes liked to commit suicide, and if this was their diet, maybe it was the reason'') and pursues a career in photography that most recently involves photographing ``seven doctors and their dogs,'' the most prominent doctor being the famo...

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The best of these stories are hilariously funny, filled with the horrors of modern life (bad architecture, traffic jams, the smell of peanuts on the bus) and wacky exchanges with her loudmouthed reproductive surgeon, Dr. Loquesto, her careless floor sander, the guy at the Discount Drugs or her ne...

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In nine overlapping tales, Hecht paints a portrait of a high-strung photographer as a married but childless macrobiotic baby boomer whose most significant relationship is with her reproductive surgeon.

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