The Doctor's Wife

by Luis Jaramillo

The Doctor's Wife

Paperback, 158 pages, Dzanc Books, List Price: $14.95 | purchase

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This collection of 91 short fictions — some only a few sentences — tells the story of three generations of a family in the Pacific Northwest.

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This collection is made up of 91 little chunks of flash fiction — a form that seems ideally suited to our fragmented times (think short, easily absorbed texts like NPR's Three Minute Fictions). Taken all together, they form a finely etched autobiographical portrait of a family that spans 50 years, and three generations.

At its heart: a woman whose life unfolds within a household role limited by her times. The character called simply

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