Dancing in the Movies

Dancing in the Movies

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 15.24mm | 204.12g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • 1587293447
  • 9781587293443

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"Dancing in the Movies is a powerful book, taut and stark, intense with human passion. Bluntly, bravely, Robert Boswell explores that gray borderland where betrayal mixes with trust, violence with love, despair with hope. The final effect is overwhelming." - Tim O'Brien "[Boswell offers] six dexterously shaped stories.... [His] believable characters are involved in situations that are sometimes painfully true-to-life.... [Dancing in the Movies is] a satisfying, if at times disturbing, collection." - Publishers Weekly "Boswell's stories... start from human lives in blood, bone, and flesh. We are not permitted to forget that these embodied creatures have memories - traumatic memories of delivering live babies from the wombs of their dead Vietnamese mothers; beautiful memories of constellations and love; puzzled memories with delayed meaning (the story 'Kentucky'). The stories say that memory lives as tenaciously as the flesh - perhaps more tenaciously, for Boswell's characters might lose limbs or prospects or illusions, but they never lose the memories that make them real." - Studies in Short Fiction"
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About Robert Boswell

Robert Boswell is the author of six novels including Century's Son, Mystery Ride, and Crooked Hearts, three story collections including The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, a play, a cyberpunk novel, and two nonfiction books. He has received National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction, the PEN West Award for Fiction, the John Gassner Prize for Playwriting, and the Evil Companions Award. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, Pushcart Prize Stories, Esquire, Colorado Review, and other magazines. Boswell teaches creative writing at the Universtiy of Houston and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.
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