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The Religious and Other Fictions
Christina Milletti

Carnegie Mellon Short Fiction Series

Carnegie Mellon
2006 • 200 pp. 5 x 8"
Short Stories - Single Author

$16.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-453-7

The debut collection of short stories by Christina Milletti.

Keen, tender, at times perverse, The Religious and Other Fictions ventures into the uncanny zones of the imagination and renders them natural. Watch out what you wish for: in these stories, tall tales have a knack of coming true. A mother's whim is granted when she disappears at the kitchen sink. Two boys bounce up and don't come down. A housewife conjures a light bulb salesman who materializes for dinner.

With one foot in the real world, the other in the land of fable, Christina Milletti takes stock of the beliefs we harbor in the face of failed hopes, the power personal myths hold over us all. In this wonderful debut collection, our most private sanctuaries are peeled back, their hearts made bare, by an inventive new writer who Carol Shields calls, "a genuine magician."

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Reviews / Endorsements

"Christina Milletti has a knife-thrower's flourish and aim, a fiction of ease and ferocity. It's hard to tell order from disorder in her stories, the lavish from the spare—they meet in a super-clarity of language that is wondrous, as dark as it is illuminating." —Janet Kauffman, Rot

"A stunning debut. In Milletti's stories, the imaginary does not begin where the real ends: the two are intertwined, each creating the other. Be careful what stories you invent, for they may in fact turn out to be not only true to life but truer than life.” —Brian Evenson, The Wavering Knife

"Christina Milletti combines the pithy with the symphonic while retaining them fused, and she takes her time, maintaining a total effect like a Stravinsky sonata. A writer of gifted prose is among us again."—Paul West, The Immensity of the Here and Now

CHRISTINA MILLETTI’s fiction has appeared in The Chicago Review, The Alaska Quarterly Review, and Best New American Voices, among other journals and anthologies. She studied writing at Brown and now teaches at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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