[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1594487952″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51KPM1o5C7L.jpg” width=”220″ alt=”Ramona Ausubel” ]Voicing a Truth
ERB Fiction editor Chris Enstad interviews Ramona Ausubel
about her new book
A Guide to Being Born: Stories
Hardback: Riverhead, 2013
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Ramona Ausubel graduated from the MFA program at the University of California, Irvine where she received the Glenn Schaeffer Award in Fiction. She has been published in The New Yorker, One Story, The Paris Review and Best American Fiction, among others. Her debut novel, No One Is Here Except All of Us landed in the midst of American literature with a huge bang. We reviewed it in early 2012 and since then it has been named a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and the Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Huffington Post.
Her writing is astonishingly fresh and her perspective on life unique for it’s clarity and playfulness. NPR describes her writing as “often funny — usually heartbreaking… tiny works of art.” I would have to agree.
A Guide to Being Born is a book of short stories that use her magical imagination to examine the heart and life from birth to motherhood to death. Ausubel’s imagination comes in deeply intense contact with the truly life altering events that are the human condition: falling in love, becoming parents, approaching death. The opening salvo comes in the guise of a ship full of grandmothers at sea and, “They do not know how they got there.”