This Angel on My Chest

This Angel on My Chest

by Leslie Pietrzyk

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Overview

This Angel on My Chest by Leslie Pietrzyk

WINNER OF THE 2015 DRUE HEINZ LITERATURE PRIZE
Selected by Jill McCorkle

This Angel on My Chest is a collection of unconventionally linked stories, each about a different young woman whose husband dies suddenly and unexpectedly. Ranging from traditional stories to lists, a quiz, a YouTube link, and even a lecture about creative writing, the stories grasp to put into words the ways in which we all cope with unspeakable loss.
Based on the author’s own experience of losing her husband at age thirty-seven, this book explores the resulting grief, fury, and bewilderment, mirroring the obsessive nature of grieving. The stories examine the universal issues we face at a time of loss,  as well as the specific concerns of a young widow: support groups, in-laws, insurance money, dating, and remarriage. This Angel on My Chest ultimately asks, how is it possible to move forward with life while “till death do you part” rings in your ears—and, how is it possible not to?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822981091
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 11/06/2015
Series: Drue Heinz Literature Prize Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 958 KB

About the Author

Leslie Pietrzyk is the author of two novels, Pears on a Willow Tree and A Year and a Day. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in many journals, including Gettysburg Review, The Sun, Shenandoah, River Styx, Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, New England Review, and the Washington Post Magazine. She has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Pietrzyk is a member of the core fiction faculty at the Converse low-residency MFA program and teaches in the MA Program in Writing at Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Contents Ten Things Acquiescence A Quiz Heat In a Dream One Art Do You Believe in Ghosts? Slut I Am the Widow One True Thing Someone in Nebraska What I Could Buy Truth-Telling for Adults Chapter Ten: An Index of Food (Draft) The Circle Present Tense Acknowledgments

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