Make Way for Her
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Belletristik / Gegenwartsliteratur (ab 1945)
In this short story collection, girls and women tackle complex forms of love and desire as they explore the world.A girl afflicted with pyrokinesis tries to control her fire-starting long enough to go to a dance with a boy she likes. A woman trapped in a stalled marriage is excited by an alluring ex-con who enrolls in her YMCA cooking class. A teen accompanies her mother, a prestigious poet, to a writing conference where she navigates a misguided attraction to a married writer-who is, in turn, attracted to her mother-leaving her "e;inventing punishments for writers who believe in cliches as tired as broken hearts."e;In this affecting collection, Katie Cortese explores the many faces of love and desire. Featuring female narrators that range in age from five to forty, the narratives in Make Way for Her speak to the many challenges and often bittersweet rewards of offering, receiving, and returning love as imperfect human beings. The stories are united by the theme of desperate love, whether it's a daughter's love for a parent, a sister's for a sibling, or a romantic love that is sometimes returned and sometimes unrequited.Cortese's complex and multilayered stories play with the reader's own desires and anticipations as her characters stubbornly resist the expected. The intrepid girls and women in this book are, above all, explorers. They drive classic cars from Maine to Phoenix, board airplanes for the first time, and hike dense forests in search of adventure; but what they often find is that the most treacherous landscapes lie within. As a result, Make Way for Her explores a world of women who crave knowledge and experience, not simply sex or love.Praise for Make Way for Her"e;Cortese (Girl Power and Other Short-Short Stories, 2015) tells stories of young women on the cusp of adulthood, struggling to understand the social world . . . . A welcome addition to the burgeoning canon of finely wrought female stories."e; -Kirkus Reviews"e;Offers enticing glimpses of curiously compact, womencentric fictional universes, generally focused on girls, teenagers, women, and the men who affect?but not necessarily impact?their lives. Cortese's writing is smoothly compelling and adapts from voice to voice."e; -Foreword Reviews"e;Heartening, and unusually thoughtful, this collection of stories places the young women, their feelings and minds (not just their bodies) at the center."e; -Crystal Wilkinson, recipient of the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for The Birds of Opulence"e;This collection is not about understanding our young people. It's about living and breathing inside their bodies and heads. Salinger can step aside now. Make way for Katie Cortese!"e; -Dennis Covington, author of Salvation on Sand Mountain