The Mushroom Girl – At the No. 1 Phoenix Garden – Apple Pie – When the Rain Washes You Clean You’ll Know – The Rather Unlikely Courtship of Edwin Anderson and Roz Rosenzweig – Grover, King of Nebraska – 29th Street Playground, September 1968 – What Safety Is – Way Back When in the Now before Now – Fundamentals of Communication – Flowers in the Dustbin, Poison in the Human Machine – Mailing Incorrectly – 3 1/2 x 5 – 819 Walnut – Accidental Love – How Beautifully Resilient the Human Being – Jono, an Elegy – The Girl at Chichén Itzá – The Estate – A Bungalow, Koh Tao – Grog
Everyone does it: women of fierce independence, men of thin character, rambling Deadheads, gay teenage girls, despondent Peace Corps volunteers, anorexic Broadway theatre dancers, the eager, the grieving, the uncommunicative. Even the confused do it. And they don't just fall in love with each other—they fall in love with certain moments and familiar places, with things as ephemeral as gestures and as evanescent as sunlight.
Quirky, real, idealistic, deluded, bohemian, and true, these are people who can—and often do—fall in love with a pair of ears, August afternoons, saucers of vitamins, New Age carpenters, and dead bumblebees. And if there's something they can teach us, it's how to conceive of alternative worlds and the terror and the exhilaration of venturing outside the confines of the lives we know and making our way into a dark, glittering unknown.
John Simmons Short Fiction Award
University of Iowa Press
Copyright © 1999 by Thisbe Nissen. No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying or recording, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Nissen, Thisbe. Out of the Girls' Room and into the Night. University of Iowa Press, 1999.