Imagine Your Life Like This

Imagine Your Life Like This

by Sarah Layden
Imagine Your Life Like This

Imagine Your Life Like This

by Sarah Layden

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The characters who inhabit Sarah Layden's short story collection are on the verge of change-if only they could see themselves and their situations with greater clarity. Caught in the midst of crises, they stumble toward the future without fully understanding their past. Layden's deft, spare prose sketches worlds and lives with telling details, juggling disparate strands of identity and often revealing the deeper truths in unexpected moments of epiphany.

A bride-to-be puts on her detective hat when her groom goes missing. A woman returns to college after escaping an abusive marriage, only to discover her professor is a fraud. Reunited at a high school reunion, two former classmates completely misinterpret a critical incident from a decade prior. These and other characters find themselves lonely and in limbo, their self-identity as blurry as the old photographs they cling to with stubborn intensity.

Set mostly in the Midwest and upstate New York, Imagine Your Life Like This captures everyday Americans in all their discontent, misunderstandings, and dogged determination for a better world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299342548
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 04/11/2023
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 515,979
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Sarah Layden, assistant professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, is the author of Trip Through Your Wires, a novel, and The Story I Tell Myself About Myself, winner of the Sonder Press Chapbook Competition. She is co-author with Bryan Furuness of The InvisibleArt of Literary Editing.

Table of Contents


Imagine Your Life Like This
I’m Not Who You Think I Am
Miller Miller
Locations without Maps
Where Light Can’t Reach
In Search Of
White Hands
Paternity Test 
Nothing and Nobody
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