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Arlene Heyman



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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
01 December 2020
'A wise, intimate tale that is by turns joyful, sorrowful and explicit' Observer 'The author delves deep into Lottie's psyche, shying away from nothing, to create a rounded and gripping portrait of a woman on the edge of change' Daily Mail Lottie Kristin is independent from the start. Born in the middle of the century to a middle-class family in the very middle of America, Lottie is set apart by her smarts and sensuality. A girl who'd rather carry out dissections on a snowy back porch than join her family for Christmas dinner is a strange and exotic artifact in the town of Sleeping Bay.

But by her early twenties, Lottie finds herself trapped in a marriage gone stale, with a daughter she adores but whose existence jeopardizes her place in the lab and her dream of becoming a scientist. How can a young woman make her way in a world determined to contain her brilliance, her will, and her longing to live?

Bravely and wisely written, Artifact is an intimate and propulsive portrait of a whole woman, a celebration of her refusal to be defined by others' imaginations, and a meditation on the glorious chaos of biological life.
By:   Arlene Heyman
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   440g
ISBN:   9781526619419
ISBN 10:   1526619415
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   01 December 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Arlene Heyman is the author of Scary Old Sex, and a recipient of Woodrow Wilson, Fulbright, Rockefeller, and Robert Wood Johnson fellowships. She has been published in the New American Review and other journals, won Epoch magazine's novella contest, and has been listed twice in the honor rolls of The Best American Short Stories. Heyman is a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst practicing in New York City. This is her first novel.

Reviews for Artifact

Praise for Scary Old Sex: Lusty, tough and life-affirming * Guardian * Hits the reader in the psyche, the gut and the groin with the force of a precision-aimed slingshot ... Shocking, mesmerising and truthful * Sunday Telegraph * Both funny and eye-wateringly explicit * Independent * Rueful and funny and observant ... Heyman is an enlightened observer across many aspects of life ... These men and women are busily and blissfully humanizing themselves, the kind of bliss that lifts right off the page * New York Times * A terrific story collection ... Heyman is frank in her descriptions, but never cruel or unfeeling ... a tender, perceptive work * Wall Street Journal * So stylish, earthy and funny [An] impressive collection ... Heyman takes on the brutal intimacy of death and aging and provides new ways of seeing and experiencing these stages of life * San Francisco Chronicle * Heyman's frank tales ... feel paradoxically taboo on the page, all the more so for their fierce candour * New Yorker * Sensual and sometimes shocking ... Heyman writes with such intimacy and precision that she frequently makes you feel like a trespasser * Daily Mail * Bold, hilarious and intelligent ... Heyman is upfront and her characters are richly internal * Irish Times * Delivers a shock of taboo desire that is lusciously sensual * Independent * Though her characters' flaws, fears and phobias feel all too real, Heyman's treatment of them is honest, human and kind * Daily Telegraph *

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