Yes, Yes, Cherries:

Yes, Yes, Cherries:

by Mary Otis

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780977698905
Publisher: Tin House Books
Publication date: 04/28/2007
Series: Tin House New Voice Series
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mary Otis’s work has been published in Best New American Voices, Tin House, the Los Angeles Times, Cincinnati Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Berkeley Literary Journal, and Santa Monica Review. She was a runner-up in Zoetrope, Poets and Writers magazine, and Swink short story contests, and her short story “Pilgrim Girl” received a 2004 Pushcart Prize honorable mention. Originally from the Boston area, she lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents


Pilgrim Girl     1
Five-Minute Hearts     27
Unstruck     49
Welcome to Yosemite     65
Yes, Yes, Cherries     85
Picture Head     103
Stones     119
The Straight and Narrow     141
The Next Door Girl     161
Triage     191

What People are Saying About This

Ellen Slezak

"The characters in these stories, whether a teacher who teaches time incorrectly, a policeman-philosopher at the scene of an accident, or a young girl who wears a frosted blond wig and knocks on her neighbor's door to sell 'what you need to buy' show us what it means to be human. That's all a reader asks of any story. That is, of course, everything. Mary Otis writes stories that radiate intelligence, compassion, and humor."--(Ellen Slezak, author of Last Year's Jesus and All These Girls)

Karen Joy Fowler

"An assured collection, linked occasionally by character but always by Otis's remarkable voice, her gift for the luminous detail, the surprising turn, the transcendent finish."--(Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club and Sister Noon)

Nancy Reisman

"Yes, Yes, Cherries skates through the margins of American dreaming, it's great poignancy balanced on heartbreaking absurdities. Mary Otis offers a dead-on candor spliced through with perceptual leaps, her realism glinting with near-psychotropic sparks. An irresistible collection, Yes, Yes, Cherries beautifully enacts the poetry of bewilderment."--(Nancy Reisman, author of The First Desire and House Fires)

Lorrie Moore

"Mary Otis sees things from the odd angle, which is the literary one. It makes her stories true-to-life, funny, brave and amazing."--(Lorrie Moore, author of Birds in America and Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?)

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