Leaving Letitia Street

Leaving Letitia Street

by Jacqueline Simon

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Overview

"Gracefully written, witty, and empathetic, Leaving Letitia Street has been a long time coming but its rewards were surely worth waiting for." -Rosellen Brown

Jacqueline Simon writes richly varied short stories about the difficulties of creating or maintaining relationships with the people one may love best: spouses, aging parents, meddling siblings, children, and lovers young and old. An ambitious artist confronts her family's conventional values; a woman who wants to marry finds fault with every man she meets; an accountant, practical to the core, tries to understand his gifted, clinically-depressed brother. A newlywed working woman must deal with a lively stepchild; adult children quarrel over their father's need for a nursing home. A lonely undergraduate meets the wrong woman.

Emotionally-charged stories like "Cheats" can also be laugh-out-loud funny despite the characters' high stakes. Although a few characters make reappearances at different points in their lives, each story in the collection stands on its own. The unforgettable Southerners of Letitia Street are as recognizable as DNA, one generation influencing the next, pulling apart or forging ahead, linking the ties that bind with those that are perhaps best broken.

This collection includes four prizewinning stories along with seven previously unpublished. These compelling, realistic, and highly entertaining tales of first love, last love, and lost love will stay with the reader long after the final page is turned.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732352919
Publisher: Braeswood Books
Publication date: 04/09/2020
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 893,581
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Jacqueline Simon has won four awards for short stories which appear in this book: "If He Could Speak to His Brother" was a 1984 finalist for the National Magazine Award for Fiction, "Sisters" received a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, "Cheats" gained the Cultural Arts Council of Houston's Creative Artist Award, and "Leaving Letitia Street" won PEN Southwest's first Houston Discovery Prize. Her stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Redbook, Domestic Crude (renamed Gulf Coast), other journals, and the anthology Her Work. She has taught creative writing at almost every level, from Houston's Bellaire High School to Rice University's Glasscock School. She and her husband, James Colthart, live in Houston and New Hampshire.

Table of Contents

Sisters 3

If He Could Speak to His Brother 21

Leaving Letitia Street 39

Atalanta's Lover 63

Matthew 73

Harvest Years 85

Semenova 107

Matthew, Nineteen 121

Cheats 137

Speculation 153

Distances, Timing, Men & Women 169

Acknowledgments 187

About the Author 189

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