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These authentic and descriptive tales quietly portray the lives of a cross section of our times:  a reconstituted step family struggling to put down new roots, self-destructive women caught in unfulfilling relationships with men, rural dwellers evoking the basic desires and pains of their unchanging but nevertheless eventful lives  In "The Nile," a "happily married" woman is surprised to see heer husband and herself differently after she spends a week traveling with him through the strange and frightening countryside of Egypt.  In "Diamond Twill," a young woman leaves her family to join an artisans' commune, finding there the kind of fulfillment nothing else had given her.  A rural excavator in "Connor's Lake" expresses his grief over his recent divorce by digging a lake -- and trying to forget his attraction to a friend's wife...
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These authentic and descriptive tales quietly portray the lives of a cross section of our times:  a reconstituted step family struggling to put down new roots, self-destructive women caught in unfulfilling relationships with men, rural dwellers evoking the basic desires and pains of their unchanging but nevertheless eventful lives

 In "The Nile," a "happily married" woman is surprised to see heer husband and herself differently after she spends a week traveling with him through the strange and frightening countryside of Egypt.  In "Diamond Twill," a young woman leaves her family to join an artisans' commune, finding there the kind of fulfillment nothing else had given her.  A rural excavator in "Connor's Lake" expresses his grief over his recent divorce by digging a lake -- and trying to forget his attraction to a friend's wife.

As these characters struggle to better their lives or confront the dilemmas that await them, we glimpse important moments of transition and transcendance.

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About Lucia

Lucia Nevai is the author of Seriously, a novel, published by Little, Brown. Her short stories have appeared in Tin HouseIowa ReviewZoetrope All-Story, the New YorkerGlimmer Train, and other literary magazines. Her...

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Published Reviews

Nov.14.2008

"From laugh-out-loud hilarious to searingly poignant, Nevai crafts a powerful story about family, growing up, loss and redemption. Crane never loses sight of her own uncertain place in the world, and this...

Nov.14.2008

"Crane is also, by way of Nevai’s humor and preternatural stylistic gifts, the kind of self-effacing, wickedly wise, subtly superior organic genius that we all long for in a protagonist...Salvation’s...