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Carol's Aquarium: A Collection
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Kristen gives an overview of the book:

Love, lust, passion, displaced anger, guiltless selfishness, the love of real life, and domestic confinement. Stories in this collection include fiction prize winner and Pushcart Prize-nominee “They Three at Once Were One,” fiction prize winner “Becoming an Oates Girl,” and fiction prize winner “Burn Everything but the Heart.” Short stories and microfiction–some previously published, some appearing here for the first time–come together in a series of fearless illustrations of the darker things that make us human. “There isn’t a bad story in the bunch. Mortality, depression, desperate delusional love, jealousy, insecurity, envy, guilt … actually, I think all the 7 deadliest are represented here. These are real people in real pain, self-inflicted or otherwise, and they hit the page with a subtle vengeance.” – Cheryl Anne Gardner, POD People...
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Love, lust, passion, displaced anger, guiltless selfishness, the love of real life, and domestic confinement.

Stories in this collection include fiction prize winner and Pushcart Prize-nominee “They Three at Once Were One,” fiction prize winner “Becoming an Oates Girl,” and fiction prize winner “Burn Everything but the Heart.” Short stories and microfiction–some previously published, some appearing here for the first time–come together in a series of fearless illustrations of the darker things that make us human.

“There isn’t a bad story in the bunch. Mortality, depression, desperate delusional love, jealousy, insecurity, envy, guilt … actually, I think all the 7 deadliest are represented here. These are real people in real pain, self-inflicted or otherwise, and they hit the page with a subtle vengeance.” – Cheryl Anne Gardner, POD People

 "What sets Tsetsi apart from most writers is her ability to present such raw, emotional moments in a way that allows you to frame it and personalize it in regards to your own life and experiences. The clever thing is, you don’t even realize you’re doing it until about your fourth read through. This makes Tsetsi’s writing not only timeless, but also creates a rather unique and personal author-reader bond that is rare. There are few books that you will treasure and want to revisit the way you will with Carol’s Aquarium and that, along with the clarity and uniqueness of style, are what also make this an important literary work." - Joseph Dilworth Jr., Pop Culture Zoo

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About Kristen

I was born in California, but lived in Germany (near Heidelberg) for 13 years (from 7 – 19yo), and therefore consider it my “home.”

At 19 I returned to the States, and at 21 (finally) started taking classes at a community college, where I received 5 credits for bowling...

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Published Reviews

Mar.16.2009

This story by Tsetsi won the 2006 Storyglossia Fiction Prize, and was published in Issue 16 in late October and beat out some damn fine competition. Reading through this story, it becomes clear that it is...

Dec.13.2010

Your opinion and ideas and thoughts about what is going on in each story will keep changing. Ultimately, just like real life, what you are perceiving in these little snapshots of moments is not what you...