The Anxiety of Everyday Objects by Aurelie Sheehan

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In her absorbing debut novel, Sheehan's depiction of the working girl's life in the big city is as charming as it is inspiring. Single, not yet thirty, and devoted companion to her dignified cat, Fruit Bat, Winona Bartlett is a secretary at a New York City law firm. Though she finds a certain security in the rituals of her demandingly undemanding job, Winona's real ambition is to be a filmmaker. And her romantic life is a mess. When a new lawyer—a blind woman named Sandy Spires—joins the firm and challenges Winona to trust her own creative ideas, Winona is encouraged to try to be more than just a “non-filmmaking filmmaker.” But it eventually becomes clear that the enigmatic Sandy isn't who she said she is. After her real motives are uncovered, Winona begins to understand what it means to take risks in life and in love.

 

About Aurelie Sheehan

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Aurelie Sheehan, the director of the creative writing program at the University of Arizona, has received a Pushcart Prize, a Camargo Fellowship, and the Jack Kerouac Literary Award.
 
Published February 24, 2004 by Penguin Books. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Hey, it’s going to get a whole lot stranger when Win buys a video camera and secretly tapes Sandy’s clandestine meetings with the opposition in the Lisa Box case.

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The promotion, a cash bonus and a handful of perks all seem to come as fringe benefits of her friendship with the firm's newest lawyer, an elegantly beautiful and mysterious blind woman, Sandy Spires.

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Originally posted Feb 27, 2004 Published in issue #753 Feb 27, 2004 Order article reprints

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