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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (432 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thisbe Nissen Narrator: Caroline Miller Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Out of the Girls' Room and into the Night is a spirited, offbeat collection of stories, elongated riffs on that thing we call...love. All manner of love stories: thwarted love stories, imaginary love stories, love stories offhand and obsessive, philosophical love stories, erudite and amusing love stories.

People don't meet because they both like Burmese food, says one character, or because someone's sister has a friend who's single and new in town, or because Billy's nose happened to crook just slightly to the left at an angle that made me want to weep...People don't fall in love with each other...they just fall into love.

Everyone does it: women of fierce independence, men of thin character, rambling Deadheads, gay teenage girls, despondent Peace Corps volunteers, anorexic Broadway theatre dancers, the eager, the grieving, the uncommunicative. Even the confused do it. And they don't just fall in love with each other - they fall in love with certain moments and familiar places, with things as ephemeral as gestures and as evanescent as sunlight.

Quirky, real, idealistic, deluded, bohemian, and true, these are people who can - and often do - fall in love with a pair of ears, August afternoons, saucers of vitamins, New Age carpenters, and dead bumblebees. And if there's something they can teach us, it's how to conceive of alternative worlds and the terror and the exhilaration of venturing outside the confines of the lives we know and making our way into a dark, glittering unknown.

Winner of Iowa Short Fiction Award.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eliza | 2/16/2014

    " I really appreciated how Nissen brought varied points of view to her short stories. The characters are not as simplistic as they seem...they feel very real. It was a great book for reading on the bus! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alethea | 2/10/2014

    " When you want to be in love, are in love now and don't want to be, or want to love love again, after hating it for a bit, a little Thisbe Nissen is what you need. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by nicole | 2/3/2014

    " i think i liked this in high school just because there was a sex scene in one of the short stories that didn't involve heaving bosoms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Natalie | 1/14/2014

    " I agree with what a lot of the reviewers here have said. While I can recognize that the writing is good and that the structure is sound, the characters were often interchangable and the plot lines not all that compelling to me. Many of them felt quite dated--like they would have been really scandalous and exciting ten or fifteen years ago, but today, eh. I liked "819 Walnut" because of its collective narration. I also really enjoyed "The Animal's Best Interest". I also liked "The Mushroom Girl" and "Flowers in the Dustbin, Poison in the Human Machine". "

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