Praise for Michelle Latiolais and Widow
"Sublime . . . [Latiolais] manages to find something luminous in the broken shards-still sharp, still drawing blood-that remain in the wake of losing what could not feasibly be lost.
-San Francisco Chronicle
is as close to Alice Munro as a writer can get, but with a more modern edge to her
tone, low graceful notes, not too much flash, perfect restraint and the feeling of contents under pressure.
could go off at any moment.
In fact, you wish she
-Los Angeles Times
"A master of banter, Latiolais
is happily bawdy and gorgeously sensual.
is also archly imaginative and psychologically astute. . . . The humor and habits that hold couples together, the odd contracts we make with ourselves, loneliness, the social taboo against grief--all take potent form in Latiolais'
17 intricate stories, finely patterned miniatures spiked with the unexpected.
"The linked stories in Michelle Latiolais'
Widow pulse with a surprising, offbeat erotic energy that eschews the traditional portrait of the lonesome, sex-deprived surviving spouse.
has given us the rarest item, a splendidly articulated masterpiece."
-William Kittredge, author of Hole in the Sky and The Nature of Generosity
" Every passionate reader lives for that first page of a book that alerts her
, straightaway, she'll be sorry when the book ends.
So it is with Michelle Latiolais
"In prose shimmering with intelligence and compassion, Michelle Latiolais
dissects the essentials of everyday life to find the heartbeat within.
-Alice Sebold, author of The Almost Moon and The Lovely Bones
By Michelle Latiolais
Michelle Latiolais is Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine, and co-director of the Programs in Writing at the University of California at Irvine.
novel Even Now won the Gold Medal for Fiction, Commonwealth Club of California
most recent novel A Proper Knowledge was also published by Bellevue Literary Press