Signs and Wonders by Alix Ohlin

95%

8 Critic Reviews

...in nearly every story in Signs and Wonders things aren’t what they should be between two people, but no two of those relationships are going wrong in quite the same way.
-Montreal Gazette

Synopsis

These sixteen stories by the much-celebrated Alix Ohlin illuminate the connections between all of us—connections we choose to break, those broken for us, and those we find and make in spite of ourselves.
 

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 June 5, 2012 by Vintage. 274 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NJ.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Sheila Anne Feeney on Jun 17 2012

The 16 stories in this deliciously addictive collection boast killer beginnings, clever yet less-than-obvious plots and mousetrap endings.

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Time Out New York

Excellent
Reviewed by Manoli Kouremetis on Jul 03 2012

...she employs a graceful, straightforward tone and resists the urge to stuff every paragraph with literary artifice; this allows the reader to welcome the stories’ epiphanies without suspicion or eye rolls.

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Fiction Writers Review

Excellent
Reviewed by SUNG WOO on Jun 28 2012

There’s chaos in these sixteen stories, but usually not right away. Ohlin fools you into a lull, and then there it is: a car crash. A coma...

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Newcity Lit

Excellent
Reviewed by Emily Gray Tedrowe on Jun 20 2012

...is a short-story collection rich in piercing insights and slow-burning emotional truths.

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Three Guys One Book

Excellent
Reviewed by Jason Rice on Dec 22 2011

There are no magic tricks in this story, it just rolls out like a fine carpet, and perfectly fitting the room Ohlin has constructed.

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Montreal Gazette

Excellent
Reviewed by Ian McGillis on Jul 28 2012

...in nearly every story in Signs and Wonders things aren’t what they should be between two people, but no two of those relationships are going wrong in quite the same way.

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Quill & Quire

Good
Reviewed by Dory Cerny on Aug 01 2012

Ohlin’s voice is strong and lends her writing a kind of omnipotence. The effect is oddly comforting, and doesn’t detract from character or plot development in the least.

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What's Sarah Reading

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Sep 03 2012

It's as if I'm reading a whole story but in 10-15 pages or so. She has drawn characters, male and female and set the tone and various histories and situations...

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