Out of the Girls' Room and into the Night: Stories

Out of the Girls' Room and into the Night: Stories

by Thisbe Nissen


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In Thisbe Nissen's award-winning debut story collection, characters teeter on the verge of love, of life, of oncoming cataclysms after which Things Will Never Be the Same. Against the varied backdrops of Grateful Dead shows, anniversary parties, sickrooms, and bright Manhattan vestibules, Nissen traces the joy, terror, and electric surprise that flash between people as they suddenly connect. A fifteen-year-old girl whose mother is slowly dying finds solace in the bed of her best friend's older brother. A wife remembers the early romance in her marriage as she watches her husband's hand, shaky with Parkinson's, lift a bite of food to his mouth. Longtime friends are jolted by their unforeseen attraction to each other; new lovers feel their way by instinct in vans, on futons, an during risky, late-night conversation. Knowing, often hilarious, and always pitch-perfect, Nissen's tales hang inside those moments when the heart is acting and the head is watching, hopeful that the heart is doing the right thing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385720533
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/2000
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Thisbe Nissen is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a former James Michener Fellow. Her stories have appeared in Story and Seventeen. A native New Yorker, she now lives in Iowa.

Table of Contents

The Mushroom Girl1
Apple Pie20
When the Rain Washes You Clean You'll Know35
At the No. I Phoenix Garden46
Grover, King of Nebraska48
Way Back When in the Now Before Now60
Accidental Love73
After Twenty-Five Years, at the Palais Royal86
Flowers in the Dustbin, Poison in the Human Machine89
How Beautifully Resilient the Human Being126
3 1/2 x 5139
What Safety Is142
The Animal's Best Interest156
819 Walnut169
Out of the Girls' Room and into the Night189

What People are Saying About This

Marilynne Robinson

These stories abound in a rich life, holding sad, awkward, edgy contemporaneity in their generous embrace. They do not soothe or forgive or reassure; they love the creature as it is. There is great originality and great freedom in Thisbe Nissen's approach to her subject, a kind of classicism in her lucid and compassionate interest in the ways of this present world.

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