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The End of Free Love, The End of Free Love, 1573661066, 1-57366-106-6, 978-1-57366-106-5, 9781573661065,

The End of Free Love
by Susan Steinberg

Quality Paper
2003. 230 pp.
Price:  $19.95 t

The End of Free Love evokes the schizophrenia of our times, a community of voices at the zero point. Like the voices that splinter from Marguerite Duras's work, these characters are neurotic, taking refuge in comics, food, music, sex, 'locking' and lies. Violence is everywhere: within, without, in every emotion, in every word. But often hidden emotions rise to the surface, where self-consciousness, shame, and rage, to name a few, are permitted, voiced, and, eventually, set free. Throughout The End of Free Love Steinberg creates a hybrid text, blending poetry and fiction in writing as much about its form as its content. This is fiction that offers itself up for our delight, while remaining as elusive and unpredictable as language itself.

Susan Steinberg has a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The End of Free Love was a finalist for the 2000 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and the 2001 Sandstone Prize, and Quarterly West nominated one of her stories for a 2000 Pushcart Prize. She has been awarded fellowships by the University of Massachusetts and Yaddo and was the Alan Collins Scholar in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference (2001). She is currently assistant professor of English at University of San Francisco and an editor of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing.

"The[se] stories . . . mark a great beginning . . . To read [Steinberg] is to fall out of the daily into a fresh elation." --Noy Holland, author of Spectacle of the Body

"Her debut is a phenomenal collection of stories written in the uncertain, hesitating dialect of the bewildered—fragmented sentences that mirror fragmented souls."
—San Diego Union-Tribune

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