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Confessions of a Falling Woman

And Other Stories

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Description

Ten masterworks of short fiction—by turns tender, comic, powerful, and devastating—from the highly praised author of The Madonnas of Leningrad

A surprised Southern matriarch is confronted by her family at an intervention. . . . A life-altering break-in triggers insomniac introspection in a desperate actor. . . . Streetwise New York City neighbors let down their guard for a naïve puppeteer and must suffer the consequences. . . .

In this stunning collection of short stories—five of which are being published for the very first time—bestselling, award-winning author Debra Dean displays the depth and magnitude of her extraordinary literary talent. Replete with the seamless storytelling and captivating lyrical voice that made her debut novel, The Madonnas of Leningrad, a national bestseller, Dean’s Confessions of a Falling Woman is a haunting, satisfying, and unforgettable reading experience.

Praise for Debra Dean’s critically acclaimed bestseller The Madonnas of Leningrad

“[A] heartfelt debut. . . . Admirably humane.” —New York Times Book Review

“An unforgettable story of love, survival, and the power of imagination in the most tragic circumstances. Elegant and poetic, the rare kind of book that you want to keep but you have to share.”—Isabel Allende

“[Dean’s] descriptive passages and dialogue are painteresque and exquisitely drawn.” —USA Today

“This sumptuously elegant and emotionally moving first novel . . . will linger with you long after you’ve finished it. . . . Exhilarating fiction . . . luminous and lovely throughout.”—Providence Journal

“Rare is the novel that creates that blissful forgot-you-were-reading experience. This sort of transcendence is rarer still when the novel in question is an author’s debut, but that is precisely what Debra Dean has achieved.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Dean writes with passion and compelling drama.”—People

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 17, 2007 – Dean follows her debut novel, The Madonnas of Leningrad, with a humorous collection chronicling struggling actors and actresses, therapy sessions and romantic relationships on the brink of disaster. After a bizarre break-in, the 30-something actor-narrator of Dan in the Gray Flannel Rat Suit finds himself on the cusp of fleeing a cruel New York with his wife and child. The Queen Mother reveals an actress returning to Louisiana to help coax her dramatic, alcoholic mom to rehab. In The Afterlife of Lyle Stone, a Seattle attorney allows a vivid dream to unhinge his waking life, while a group of creative-minded neighbors have their lives shaken up by a Muppet-like puppeteer in What the Left Hand Is Saying. Herself a former actress, Dean illuminates the nastiness of the business and the psychic toll of performance, writing about failure and loss with unfailing comic precision: But gradually I fall under the spell of my own acting, or the rhythm of the act, it doesn t matter which, the narrator of Romance Manual says of sleeping with a fellow cast member. Readers will certainly forget themselves in these sparkling stories, pausing over small, strange moments that change entire lives.
Confessions of a Falling Woman
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Short Stories
  • Published: Oct 13, 2009
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
  • Seller: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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