Ether by Evgenia Citkowitz
Seven Stories and a Novella

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In “Leavers’ Events,” a teenage girl awaits exam results and has a sexual encounter with a teacher that she hopes will define her. In “Sunday’s Child,” a middle-aged actress evicts a homeless woman from her garden, which precipitates a crisis of conscience. In “The Bachelor’s Table,” a lawyer takes advantage of an accounting mistake and sets in motion a sequence of events that force him to evaluate his actions. In the title story, “Ether,” a blocked writer plagiarizes his own life with devastating consequences.

All the characters in Evgenia Citkowitz’s first collection of short fiction are connected by the quest for identity. Some are poised at a crossroads, while others teeter on the edge of a moral precipice. The stories are startlingly original, haunting, and often funny. From a hamster cage in Los Angeles to the bowels of the great houses of London and Long Island, Citkowitz depicts her characters’ frailties and humanity with a mordant humor and tenderness that never diminish their complexity.


 

About Evgenia Citkowitz

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Evgenia Citkowitz was born in New York and was educated in London and the United States. Her short stories have been published in various British magazines. Her screenplay The House in Paris, based on Elizabeth Bowen's novel, is currently in development.
 
Published June 21, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A debut story collection peopled with mothers and fathers who are fumblers at best, remorseless alcoholics at worst.

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Publishers Weekly

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Screenwriter Citkowitz maps the territory where false starts and disappointment sometimes lead to unexpected opportunities in her debut collection of capricious stories and a disturbing novella. Th

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Christian Science Monitor

Her blocked novelist, William, is one of her more disturbing characters, in part because it isn’t clear how Citkowitz wants us to feel about him.

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