THE LOVE LIFE OF AN ASSISTANT ANIMATOR

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"Comprising an even dozen stories exploring the nature of desire in its many forms..."  
Megan Marshall, Radcliffe Magazine

In Katherine Vaz’s new collection of short fiction, beauty is continually and painfully present in all places–in a Thanksgiving dinner assembled by a widowed DMV worker being stalked by an irate customer; in a middle-aged Hollywood actress who captivates a young studio animator for decades; in the aftermath of an unthinkable tragedy; and in a daughter’s memories of the ethereal, melting ice sculptures made by a woman embroiled in an affair with a wealthy lawyer.

Amid their complex, turbulent relationships in a chronic state of crisis, Vaz’s wise and restless protagonists carry within them the seeds of a vanished, gracious world of urbane dinner parties and passionate affairs–a humane and cultured civilization whose flawed inhabitants are redeemed by their ability to blend the aesthetic imperative with the power to love.

Praise for
THE LOVE LIFE OF AN ASSISTANT ANIMATOR

Katherine Vaz stories always pull me in--the heartfelt intensity, her intimate knowledge of her characters, their places, human nature--each one makes me happily her captive, for as long as the story lasts. Her newest collection is a triumph for us all.

ALEXANDER CHEE
author of Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night