Ploughshares Fall 2002 Guest-Edited by Margot Livesey

Ploughshares Fall 2002 Guest-Edited by Margot Livesey

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The Fall 2002 issue of Ploughshares, guest-edited by Margot Livesey. Ploughshares, a journal of new writing, is guest-edited serially by prominent writers who explore different and personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles.

Acclaimed novelist Margot Livesey (Criminals, Eva Moves the Furniture) compiles this fiction issue of Ploughshares. In her Introduction, Livesey looks at whether reading fiction in the face of the world's problems is simple escapism. "One of the principal virtues of reading fiction," she argues, "has always been that--more than biography or memoir, more than history--it allows us to pour our own inchoate lives, our own confused and confusing experiences, into those of another, and in so doing to begin to organize that experience, and to have a larger life. Reading good fiction is opposite of escapism."

Featuring authors like Haruki Murakami, ZZ Packer, Ron Carlson, and many others, this fiction issue is an opportunity to pour ourselves into several unforgettable lives.

Margot Livesey

Jill Maio


"Shadowboxing," by Jeffrey Renard Allen
"Your Borders, Your Rivers, Your Tiny Villages," by Amy Bloom
"Some of Our Work with Monsters," by Ron Carlson
"Young Collectors' Day," by Michael Dahlie
"Passover," by Aleksandar Hemon
"Water Thieves," by Deirdre McNamer
"Landscape with Flatiron," by Haruki Murakami
"Off the C-34: Stories from Goas Farm," by Peter Orner
"Every Tongue Shall Confess," by ZZ Packer
"The Long Game," by Angela Pneuman
"Ghost Knife," by Sharon Pomerantz
"St. Guilhem-le-Desert," by Lily Tuck
"Night, Truck, Two Lights Burning," by Peter Turchi
"Sons of God," by Jonathan Wilson


Cohen Award Winners Julie Orringer and Caroline Finkelstein

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940015566307
Publisher: Ploughshares / Emerson College
Publication date: 08/15/2002
Series: Ploughshares , #2823
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 246
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Margot Livesey grew up in a boys' private school in the Scottish Highlands where her father taught, and her mother, Eva, was the school nurse. After taking a B.A. in English and philosophy at the University of York in England she spent most of her twenties working in shops and restaurants and learning to write. Her first book, a collection of stories called Learning By Heart, was published by Penguin Canada in 1986. Since then Margot has published six novels: Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, Eva Moves the Furniture, Banishing Verona and The House on Fortune Street. Her seventh novel, The Flight of Gemma Hardy, will be published by HarperCollins in January 2012.

Margot has taught at Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon, Cleveland State, Emerson College, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Tufts University, the University of California at Irvine, the Warren Wilson College MFA program for writers, and Williams College. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the N.E.A., the Massachusetts Artists' Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts. Margot is currently a distinguished writer in residence at Emerson College. She lives with her husband, a painter, in Cambridge, MA, and goes back to London and Scotland whenever she can.

Alice Sebold says, "Every novel of Margot Livesey's is, for her readers, a joyous discovery. Her work radiates with compassion and intelligence and always, deliciously, mystery."


Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

July 24, 1953

Place of Birth:

Perth, Scotland


B.A. in English and philosophy from the University of York, England

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