Underground Women

Underground Women

by Jesse Lee Kercheval


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A newlywed gazes upon the wreckage of the Titanic. A young woman becomes the protégé of a Parisian hotelier. An old woman meets an angel in a ghost town. Underground Women is a compilation of short stories by multitalented writer Jesse Lee Kercheval. The heart of the volume is a reissue of narratives first published as the The Dogeater, winner of the AWP Short Fiction Award in 1987. With arresting imagery and heart-wrenching storylines, Kercheval’s work uses humor and imagination to weave together themes of loss, dignity, tenacity and acceptance. These surreal and powerful vignettes will resonate with readers today as much as they did when first published.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299323943
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Edition description: 1
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jesse Lee Kercheval is the author and editor of fifteen books, including fiction, poetry, memoir, and a textbook on writing fiction. She is the Zona Gale Professor of English and Director of the Program in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Table of Contents

Carpathia 3

Underground Women 5

A Story Set in Germany 16

Willy 30

Civil Service 43

A Clean House 55

Tertiary Care 70

La Mort Au Moyen Âge 81

The History of the Church in America 89

A History of Indiana 112

The Dogeater 126

Afterword 145

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