Christine Sneed will have a release party for her recent story collection, Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry (University of Massachusetts Press 2009). This collection has been well received, and it won AWP’s 2009 Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction.
Read below for details on the release party, which everyone in the English Department at DePaul is encouraged to attend:
When: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 17
Where: Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St in Andersonville. An independent bookstore and Chicago literary fixture.
Refreshments will be served.
Below is the review from the Oct. 4 issue of Publishers Weekly.
Starred Review. Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry: Stories Christine Sneed. Univ. of Massachusetts, $24.95 (160p) ISBN 978-1-55849-858-7
Ten finely delineated tales featuring protagonists entangled in less-than-ideal romantic scenarios constitute this year’s winner of the Grace Paley Prize. The best stories feature women caught up in liaisons with men either much younger or older. In “Quality of Life,” a 26-year-old woman begins seeing a wealthy man more than double her age, Mr. Fulger, who takes her out infrequently and presses money on her, which she takes because it “made her life more easeful.” She dates other men her age, but can’t seem to stop seeing Mr. Fulger, whose solicitousness eventually has unexpected consequences. In the title story, the granddaughter of a late, famous artist becomes involved with a young artist who may be playing her to obtain the precious notebooks bequeathed to her. Teetering on the brink of self-possession, Sneed’s protagonists aren’t sure they trust themselves, such as the 55-year old narrator of “By the Way” who can’t admit to her much younger lover her fears of faltering memory and mortality. Sneed writes with the care of a fine stylist and the heart of a sympathetic reader. (Nov.)