Every Mask I Tried On: Stories

Every Mask I Tried On: Stories

by Alina Stefanescu

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Overview

A collection of short fiction by the award-winning writer Alina Stefanescu in which the author brings an immigrant's sharp eye to the American way of life. In prose that reminds us of the best of Grace Paley, Every Mask I Tried On is by turns smart, funny, and profound.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944467081
Publisher: Brighthorse Books
Publication date: 04/01/2018
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

SLITS FOR HIS EYES • 9

In the Season of the Beard • 11

Carpool • 19

My Name Is Not Rita • 27

7 Stories about Girl Scars • 30

What I Learned about Feminism in Boston • 38

P.C.B. • 41

Mother-In-Law Collection • 43

Woman Confronting the Longitudes of Housework • 47

WHERE I PLACE MY FINGER • 53

Cabin Pressure • 55

Our Friend Mia • 58

Doppelgänger • 66

Owls • 69

Lemon Zinger Cake • 73

It’s Just Charles • 75

Me and Birdie • 79

Toketwat • 83

The Chance of that Happening • 91

Mary, Among Others • 101

FROM NOTHING TO ONE • 109

Woman Rendered Speechless by Sunset • 111

Two Faces • 117

Something About Sunshine in Scrapyards • 119

G-d’s Open Wound • 122

Dear Committee for the Socialization of Illegal Immigrants • 128

A Sport We Use to Pass the Time • 135

Rental Units • 140

One of Those Single-Scene Fixer-Uppers • 143

White Tennis Shoes • 145

THERE WAS NO MORE BLOOD ThAN

Illeana the Weaver • 153

Mothers Who Die • 155

Thank Our Lucky Stars • 165

The Iconographer • 166

Tuica • 176

Hush Hush Hush • 180

Wind Words • 181

Thirty Minutes • 185

Dantella at Harvest • 192

NOT WITHOUT SOME PAIN • 195

The Hubcap Collection • 197

Your Superior • 199

But Who Looks Good in Latex? • 203

And I Never Understood Calculus or Theoretical Number Games • 210

Disney Once, Disney Twice, Disney… • 212

The Romanian Part • 217

Extended Family Is an Email with All Caps • 231

Hubcap, Frog, and Luna Moth • 233

Votive for a Motive • 242

He Takes His Waking Slow • 247

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS • 250

ABOUT THE AUTHOR • 253

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