In My Other Life
published by Sarabande 2000)
Grounded in New York, each of these stories focuses on “the Great Divide”—the surprising reversal that separates an old life from the new.. In “Lake Natasink” (first published in The New Yorker), an ex-junkie keeps taunting an old friend about to move to the country. In “Ragazzi,” two former rock groupies, with families and jobs, try to remember “how they learned not to be idiots.” In “Commendable,” a former stripper thinks about a life without sex. The heroes here are bartenders, ex-drug dealers, birth control counselors, video store managers—people who have been around the proverbial block. Once “too young, too vain, too something to think about the consequences,” they live out their own startling transformations.
- Winner, Paterson Fiction Prize