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In the Mouth
Stories and Novellas
Eileen Pollack




Four Way
2008 • 275 pp. 6 x 9"
Fiction & Literature / Short Fiction

$18.95 Paperback, 978-1-884800-82-5



“Delicate webs of family relationships, intimacies, and secrets are spun in this impressive, forthright collection of four stories and two novellas. In the poignant "The... [continued in Reviews below]”—Leah Strauss, Booklist

“…an American talent…”—Stephen King

Pollack writes about times of tragedy and transition insightfully, aware of their everyday quality and of their gravity. In the Mouth is a window onto the amazing tenderness and irrationality of human life.

One story, “The Bris,” has been selected for The Best American Short-Stories 2008 (Edited by Stephen King and Heidi Pitlor).

“Eileen Pollock writes with great acuity, humor, and intelligent resign-ation about the various ways family love is called upon and revealed. This book is terrific company.”—Lorrie Moore

“These are funny, rueful, wise stories, steeped in absurdity, pain, possibility —the work of a writer who has lived.”—Gish Jen

Reviews / Endorsements

Delicate webs of family relationships, intimacies, and secrets are spun in this impressive, forthright collection of four stories and two novellas. In the poignant "The Bris" (included in *The Best American Short Stories,*2007), Marcus is conflicted yet nonetheless determined to fulfill his dying father's startling request while struggling with religious and personal repercussions. In "The Safe," earnest Sharon assists her father with his
final yard sale as she attempts to accept his vacancy as opposed to her intense fervor for her infant son. "Milt and Moose" follows dentist Milt Rothstein on his last day at work before he and his beloved wife move to a Florida retirement community. Milt returns in the striking novella "Beached in Boca," which delves into the unwieldy relationship with his restless daughter, Wendy, who comes to care for her now-widowed father at the onset
of his unexpected illness, as both address the ramifications of their life choices. Pollack's unabashedly honest narratives bravely reveal the resolve of individuals that is hidden beneath the cloak of familial myth and
mortality.—Leah Strauss,
Booklist



EILEEN POLLACK is the author of a collection of short fiction, The Rabbi in the Attic and Other Stories (1991), a novel, Paradise, New York (1998), and a book-length work of creative nonfiction called Woman Walking Ahead: In Search of Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull (2003). She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michener Foundation, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. She is Chair of the Creative Writing Department at the University of Michigan.



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