Being alone can be exhausting, can be renewing. Some individuals look into a bleak future of solitude, spreading out slowly before them, or feel the quick, searing pain from the unexpected loss of a loved one. Some seem to naturally lean toward a life alone, separated from others and feeling complete freedom and independence. Loneliness haunts the characters in these stories, and becomes a force, a constraint, a defining feature in their lives.
2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
It was the most lamentable love affair of my life.
How fascinating it was! It was exactly like a play.
Tell your mother you are in love with Elvis.
Why do you keep so much from your husband?
“You’re not a maid,” he said. “You’re a vandal.”