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Katherine Heiny


Katherine Heiny

Katherine Heiny is the author of GAMES AND RITUALS, EARLY MORNING RISER, STANDARD DEVIATION and SINGLE, CAREFREE, MELLOW, and her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic and many other magazines. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and children, and is a former resident of London, The Hague and Boyne City, Michigan.

Katherine Heiny

Books by Katherine Heiny

by Katherine Heiny - Fiction, Short Stories, Women's Fiction

Katherine Heiny brings us glittering stories of love --- friendships formed at the airport bar, ex-husbands with benefits, mothers of suspiciously sweet teenagers, ill-advised trysts --- in all its forms, both ridiculous and sublime. The games and rituals performed by Heiny’s characters range from mischievous to tender. In “Bridesmaid, Revisited,” Marlee, suffering from a laundry and life crisis, wears a massive bridesmaid’s dress to work. In “Twist and Shout,” Erica’s elderly father mistakes his $4,000 hearing aid for a cashew and eats it. In “Turn Back, Turn Back,” a bedtime story coupled with a receipt for a Starbucks babyccino reveal a struggling actor’s deception. And in “561,” Charlene pays the true price of infidelity and is forced to help her husband’s ex-wife move out of the family home.

by Katherine Heiny - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Jane falls in love with Duncan easily. Unfortunately, he has slept with nearly every woman in Boyne City, Michigan, and she sees his old girlfriends everywhere. His ex-wife, Aggie, still has Duncan mow her lawn. His coworker, Jimmy, comes and goes from his apartment at the most inopportune times. Sometimes Jane wonders if a relationship can even work with three people in it --- never mind four. Five if you count Aggie's eccentric husband, Gary. But any notion Jane had of love and marriage changes with one terrible car crash. Soon her life is permanently intertwined with Duncan's, Aggie's and Jimmy's, and she knows she will never have Duncan to herself. But could it be possible that a deeper kind of happiness is right in front of Jane's eyes?

by Katherine Heiny - Fiction, Short Stories

For the commitment-averse women in the 11 stories of SINGLE, CAREFREE, MELLOW, falling in love is never easy and always inconvenient. Maya is in love with both her boyfriend and her boss. Sadie’s lover calls her as he drives to meet his wife at marriage counseling. Nina is more worried that the Presbyterian minister living above her garage will hear her kids swearing than that he will find out she’s sleeping with her running partner. These ladies grapple with love amidst everything from unwelcome houseguests to disastrous birthday parties.