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The Woman Who
by Kelly Cherry
ISBN: 978-0-917990-59-5

The seven stories in The Woman Who take a close and sharp look at the complex relationships between art and reality, between imagination and identity. They offer illuminating glimpses of that old and continuing mystery, the creating mind. Kate, an editor, must stabilize her sense of self after being shaken by the brute fact of Soviet constraint. Lindy, a photographer, is trying to find herself in New York City. Nan, a writer, assembles a self from the materials of her youth in Virginia.  Nuance and vibrant prose plunge the reader into the lives and hearts of these vivid characters.  The suspenseful last story, “Art and Aberration,” brings the three together in a single voice that demonstrates the power of the artistic imagination. Against nothingness, The Woman Who celebrates the flourishing creation, its ability to transfigure thought into object: the objét d’art, the story.

The Woman Who also appears in print.

About the Author

Kelly Cherry has previously published nineteen books and eight chapbooks of fiction (long and short), poetry, essays, criticism, and memoir, as well as translations of two classical plays. Her most recent titles are Girl in a Library: On Women Writers & The Writing Life and The Retreats of Thought: Poems. She is Eudora Welty Professor Emerita of English and Evjue-Bascom Professor Emerita in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and now lives in Virginia. Her awards and honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Dictionary of Literary Biography award for the best collection of short stories of 1999, publication in the prize anthologies Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards: Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, and New Stories from the South, the Bradley Major Achievement [Lifetime] Award, a USIS Speaker Award to the Philippines, and the James G. Hanes Poetry Prize from the Fellowship of Southern Writers for a body of work in that form. She is currently a contributing editor to The Hollins Critic and a member of the Electorate of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York.