The Disobedience of Water by Sena Jeter Naslund
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From the acclaimed author of Sherlock in Love (Godine, 1994) comes a new collection of finely perceived, beautifully crafted stories evoking all the passion and heartbreak, intelligence and unapologetic humanity of Naslund's earlier work.

The stories in The Disobedience of Water explore the boundary conditions between self and others. Social realities racial and ethnic tensions, sexual harassment and abuse provide the backdrop for struggles that ultimately take place in the heart. While Naslund's characters accept that their inner tides cannot be brought into obedience, sometimes, in the act of recognizing the force of their own hopes, needs, and fears, they learn to navigate those waters.

These are, in the broadest sense of the word, love stories: of finding, discovering, and admitting love and forgiveness, whether a daughter s love for her father in the face of perceived betrayal, or a wife s love of her friend and her husband in the half-light of infidelity. In the long title story, which takes the form of a painfully revealing letter to an almost-lover, the narrator winds through swirling eddies of memory and language to deliver her present and past lives, and the loves that have informed them. Written with a masterful sureness of hand and heart, The Disobedience of Water will set a new milestone in Sena Jeter Naslund's career as one of our most rewarding new writers of fiction.
 

About Sena Jeter Naslund

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Sena Jeter Naslund is a cofounder and program director of the Spalding University (Louisville) brief-residency MFA in Writing, where she edits The Louisville Review and Fleur-de-Lis Press. A winner of the Harper Lee Award and the Southeastern Library Association Fiction award, she is the author of eight previous works of fiction, including Ahab's Wife, a finalist for the Orange Prize. She recently retired from her position as Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Louisville.
 
Published March 1, 1999 by David R Godine. 212 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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