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Carla Hayden close to securing Librarian of Congress appointment; fiction writer Max Porter on the fragmentary nature of grief; the vindication of Ernest Hemingway’s second wife; and other news.
by Ken Gordon
Earlier this month Chronicle Books published Severance, a book of extremely short stories, each told from the point of view of a person who has been decapitated. Nicole Brown Simpson, John the Baptist, and Cicero are among the narrators. But Severance isn’t the work of some drooling, maniacal scribbler. In fact, the author, Robert Olen Butler, has published over a dozen books of fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning short story collection, A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain (Henry Holt, 1992).
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