Transgressions and Other Stories

by Hilary Orbach



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/30/2013

Recognition Programs

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 250
ISBN : 9781475980455
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 250
ISBN : 9781475980462
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 250
ISBN : 9781475980479

About the Book

All human beings struggle to live with our own missteps and transgressions and those of others. In this compelling collection, stories with the depth and resonance of novellas offer a window into the challenging lives of contemporary men and women. From Alec and Mira, children of an unreliable mother, to Naomi and Graham, suburbanites who enter the wilderness of an affair—and finally to Trevor, a psychiatrist who is himself a “wounded healer”—Orbach presents a kaleidoscope of hopes, desires, longings and regrets of people as diverse as they are familiar—people whose quandaries, whether ordinary or extreme, resonate with our own. When Laura, a young widow, responds “just for now” to a man who is blind, she is drawn in by his compassionate voice. Matthew, trying to wall himself off from the dangers of deep emotion, finds his underlying fears exposed. Sharon, lunching with an ex-lover, commits a small but telling gesture of revenge. Jess, trying to remake her life, struggles to survive the cost to her children and herself. And Martin, involved in a tragic accident, tries in vain to avoid acknowledging the cost of his own shortcomings. These are men and women seeking love, possibility, compassion—and most of all the self-forgiveness needed to embrace the future.

About the Author

Hilary Orbach is a graduate of the University of Chicago and has held a Fiction Fellowship at Stanford University. She has published work in Seventeen, Redbook, The Chicago Review, The Nebraska Review (First Prize in Fiction, 2003), Crucible, and The Atlanta Review. She is a psychotherapist and lives in New York City.