The Opposite of Chance

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Delphinium Books
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5.7 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Margaret Hermes grew up in Chicago and resides in St. Louis. A collection of her short fiction, Relative Strangers (Carolina Wren/Blair), was chosen by Jill McCorkle as winner of the Bakwin Book Award and given a special second place award in the Balcones Fiction Prize competition. Her novel, The Phoenix Nest, was published in English (Contemporary Books) and German (Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag). She composed the book and lyrics for a stage adaptation of the Oscar Wilde fable The Birthday of the Infanta for Metro Theatre Company. Dozens of her short stories have appeared in journals ranging from Fiction International to River Styx to New Millennium to The Literary Review. When not writing, she concentrates her energies on environmental issues.


"Wise and confident . . . an exquisitely talented writer."--Bob Shacochis, National Book Award-winning author of Easy in the Islands and Swimming in the Volcano
"A talented, versatile writer." --David Carkeet, author of Double Negative and The Full Catastrophe
"Margaret Hermes writes of the sexuality of educated women with a candor and precision unseen since Kate Chopin." --Peter Leach, author of Gone By Sundown and Tales of Resistance
"Margaret Hermes writes with humor and wisdom about women who confuse sex for love and love for sex and cannot decide which one they prefer.--Mary Troy, author of Beauties and The Alibi Café
Praise for Margaret Hermes: Relative Strangers is a stunning collection. Every single story is vivid and memorable, and yet the collective thematic effect is powerful. So many of these characters are strangers within their own families and their own lives people thought to be dead are resurrected and another character s survival is akin to death. It s all here change, loss, alienation. But so is humor and compassion and a fresh spin on the way people deal with the most vulnerable aspects of life.--Jill McCorkle
Gives a reader something to enjoy and admire on every page. --Jane O. Wayne, Devins Award and the Society of Midland Authors Poetry Award-winning author of The Other Place You Live and Looking Both Ways