The Religious and Other Fictions

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Keen, tender, at times perverse, The Religious and Other Fictions ventures into the uncanny zones of the imagination and renders them natural. Watch out what you wish for: in these stories, tall tales have a knack of coming true. A mother's whim is granted when she disappears at the kitchen sink. Two boys bounce up and don't come down. A housewife conjures a light bulb salesman who materializes for dinner.

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2006 Trade paperback New book. 1/2 original list price. Excellent copy. Fast, careful shipping w/ tracking number. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 191 p. Carnegie Mellon ... University Press Series in Fiction. Audience: General/trade. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Keen, tender, at times perverse, The Religious and Other Fictions ventures into the uncanny zones of the imagination and renders them natural. Watch out what you wish for: in these stories, tall tales have a knack of coming true. A mother's whim is granted when she disappears at the kitchen sink. Two boys bounce up and don't come down. A housewife conjures a light bulb salesman who materializes for dinner.

With one foot in the real world, the other in the land of fable, Christina Milletti takes stock of the beliefs we harbor in the face of failed hopes, the power personal myths hold over us all. In this wonderful debut collection, our most private sanctuaries are peeled back, their hearts made bare, by an inventive new writer who Carol Shields calls, "a genuine magician."

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What People Are Saying

Janet Kauffman
"Christina Milletti has a knife-thrower's flourish and aim, a fiction of ease and ferocity. It's hard to tell order from disorder in her stories, the lavish from the spare—they meet in a super-clarity of language that is wondrous, as dark as it is illuminating."
Brian Evenson
"A stunning debut. In Milletti's stories, the imaginary does not begin where the real ends: the two are intertwined, each creating the other. Be careful what stories you invent, for they may in fact turn out to be not only true to life but truer than life.”
Paul West
"Christina Milletti combines the pithy with the symphonic while retaining them fused, and she takes her time, maintaining a total effect like a Stravinsky sonata. A writer of gifted prose is among us again."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887484537
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Short Fiction Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRISTINA MILLETTI’s fiction has appeared in The Chicago Review, The Alaska Quarterly Review, and Best New American Voices, among other journals and anthologies. She studied writing at Brown and now teaches at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Table of Contents

Retrofit
The Smallest Apartment
Where Noone is Now
The Religious
Parcel Post
The Search for Anna Boubouli
I Cook Every Chance
Sweetbreads
Letters from H.
The Villa of the Veiled Lady
Amelia Earhart's Last Transmission

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