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We Want What We Want: Stories
By Ohlin, Alix        
Hardcover - English

An Esquire Best Book of Summer - A collection of glittering, surprising, darkly funny stories of people testing the boundaries of their lives--from the award-winning author of Dual Citizens, who is spoken of in the same reverent breath as Lorrie Moore and Joy Williams (Heidi Julavits, author of The Folded Clock).

In the mordantly funny Money, Geography, Youth, Vanessa arrives home from a gap year volunteering in Ghana to find that her father is engaged to her childhood best friend. Unable to reconcile the girl she went to dances with in the eighth grade and the woman in her father's bed, Vanessa turns to a different old friendship for her own, unique diversion.

In the subversive The Brooks Brothers Guru, Amanda drives to upstate New York to rescue her gawky cousin from a cult, only to discover clean-cut, well-dressed men living in a beautiful home, discussing the classics, and drinking sophisticated cocktails, moving her to wonder what freedoms she might willingly trade away for a life of such elegant comfort.

And in The Universal Particular, Tamar welcomes her husband's young stepcousin into their home, imagining they are saving this young woman from Somalia by way of Stockholm, only to find their cool suburban life of potlucks and air-conditioning knocked askew in ways they cannot quite understand.

Populated with imperfect families, burned potential, and inescapable old flames, the thirteen stories in We Want What We Want are, each one, diamond-sharp--sparkling with pain, humor, and beauty.

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21.08cm x 14.73cm x 2.79cm
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About Author

Ohlin, Alix
Alix Ohlin was born in Montreal in 1972, graduated from Harvard University, and studied at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. Her fiction has appeared in the "One Story" series and "Shenandoah," among other periodicals, and in" Best New American Voices 2004." She has received awards and fellowships from "The Atlantic Monthly, "the MacDowell Colony, and "The Kenyon Review"'s" "Writers Workshop. She lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, and teaches at Lafayette College.

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