Make Way for Her

Make Way for Her : And Other Stories

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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 "inventing punishments for writers who believe in cliches as tired as broken hearts." 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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington, United States
  • English
  • 0813175127
  • 9780813175126

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"Katie Cortese's Make Way for Her and Other Stories 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.

Though the varied women of Make Way for Her are emerging and evolving, making right and wrong choices along the way, for the most part they share an appealing internal wisdom that keeps them true to their real selves, and will hopefully also keep them on the right course." -- Foreword Reviews "Cortese's collection is sometimes hopeful, sometimes heartbreaking, and always authentic. This beautiful collection is for any woman who desires a trip back to times past and for any girl who wants a roadmap to see what lies ahead." -- Review of Texas Books "The collections' strongest stories portray fragile romantic connections with unsparing criticism, voice uncomfortable truths about the way young people interact in modern culture, and ask questions about how girls approach freedom and desire. These portraits are a welcome addition to the burgeoning canon of finely wrought female stories." -- Kirkus Reviews "A welcome addition to the burgeoning canon of finely wrought female stories." -- Kirkus Reviews
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About Katie Cortese

Katie Cortese is the author of Girl Power and Other Short Stories. Her stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Blackbird, Gulf Coast, Wigleaf, and the Baltimore Review. The former editor-in-chief of the Southeast Review, she now serves as the fiction editor for Iron Horse Literary Review and teaches in the creative writing program at Texas Tech University.
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