Living Arrangements by Laura Walter

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Fiction. This collection of 13 stories feature characters, especially young women, who redefine their sense of belonging by reconciling with their pasts. Whether it is a plain looking woman winning ungainly notoriety as a lingerie window model, a young figure skater being lured by a stalker, or a daughter examining her mother's accidental death at a horse farm, these stories' protagonists surprise themselves and the reader by finding their places in the world through unpredictable turns. "Walter's first book is a collection of fine and finely unsettling stories"—Kristin Ohlson.

About Laura Walter

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Laura Maylene Walter is the recipient of the 2010 G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, as judged by Robert Olen Butler; Ohioana's 2011 Walter Rumsey Marvin grant, awarded annually to an Ohio writer age 30 or under; and Washington College's 2003 Sophie Kerr Prize, the nation's largest undergraduate literary award. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Poets & Writers, The Writer, Inkwell, American Literary Review, Ohioana Quarterly, Flyway, Crab Creek Review, South Dakota Review, and elsewhere, and her novel-in-progress was named a runner-up in the 2010 James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Laura grew up in Lancaster, PA, and has resided in the Cleveland area since 2004. She works as an editor of a trade magazine and lives with her husband and their two cats in Lakewood, Ohio. She discusses truth, fiction, and the writing life at
Published November 30, 2011 by BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 175 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Such themes form the bulwark of stories such as "To Elizabeth Bishop, with Love," "The Second Rule of Yoga," and the title story, in which women come to terms with a cruel world and their ambivalent connections to the past.

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Fiction Writers Review

In a recent interview, the author talked with Founding Editor Anne Stameshkin about the influence Walter’s mother’s death has had on her fiction, what responsibilities writers might have when fictionalizing family, the advantages of being published by a small press, and why short stories are due ...

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ForeWord Reviews

“You are a newborn, a wrinkled girl confined to your crib, the high chair, the stroller.” Thus begins “Living Arrangements,” the first story in Laura Maylene Walter’s debut collection of pensive short fiction.

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Pank Magazine

Laura Maylene Walter’s Living Arrangements is a collection of finely honed stories, all deeply concerned with place and memory.

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