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Years after Caspers’s unnamed narrator loses her first lover in a tragic accident, she finds herself wondering, “What did she want from me? What are the things that matter?” In vivid, richly detailed vignettes, the book tracks the cyclical nature of grief and remembrance across a life fractured by loss. At times dryly comical, at other times radiantly surreal, The Fifth Woman is a testament to the resurrecting power of memory and enduring love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946448170
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Series: Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 784,581
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Nona Caspers is the author of Little Book of Days (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009) and Heavier Than Air (University of Massachusetts Press, 2008), which was honored with the AWP’s Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and listed as a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her work has been supported by a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a San Francisco Arts Commission grant, a LAMBDA Literary Award nomination, and the Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award, among other awards. Stories have appeared in numerous literary reviews, including Kenyon Review , Glimmer Train , Cimmaron Review , Black Warrior , and The Sun. She is a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University and lives in San Francisco.

Table of Contents


Two Clean Things

The Dog

The Phone Call

The Gun

The Closet


The Cat


A Hat Shaped Like a Dog That Looked Like a Cat


The Horse

The Fifth Woman

Pair of Sunfish




On the Roof

The Crack

The Ravine


Coast of Peru

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