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How to Stop Loving Someone

  • Winner of the 2010 Leapfrog Fiction Contest.

    "Excellent and lively. A sharp wit, the apt metaphor, the turn of phrase that pleases and surprises."—Marge Piercy, contest judge

    "Bright, brassy, spunky, intelligent. Ingenious writing. . . . Quirky and filled with metaphoric twists that often startle."—Michael Mirolla, contest judge

    "Smart, funny, biting, and, above all, touching. A collection to savor over and over."—Michael White, author ofBeautiful Assassin

    Praise for Joan Connor's previous collections:

    "Brilliantly quirky wit and wordplay."—Syndey Lea, author ofA Little Wilderness

    "A deeply talented writer."—Alyce Miller, author ofWater

    "Candor, bracing wit, and skewering insight that could kill if she let it."—Rosellen Brown, author ofHalf a Heart

    Joan Connor's collection investigates love and loss, sex, family, and the ways they echo back through memory, sometimes to comfort and sometimes to bite. Some comic, some dark, the stories range from lyrical to laugh-out-loud funny. The title story is a mock self-help manual on how to fall out of love. "Men in Brown" is a rollicking account of a woman infatuated with her UPS man. "Aground" is a dark account of male lust and violence on a lonely island in Maine.

    Joan Connoris a professor at Ohio University and at Fairfield University's low residency MFA program. She received the AWP award for her collectionHistory Lessons, and the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize forThe World Before Mirrors. Her two earlier collections areWe Who Live ApartandHere on Old Route 7.

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