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Marie-Helene Bertino


Marie-Helene Bertino

Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of 2 A.M. AT THE CAT'S PAJAMAS and the story collection SAFE AS HOUSES. She was the 2017 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellow in Cork, Ireland. Her work has received The O. Henry Prize, The Pushcart Prize, The Iowa Short Fiction Award, The Mississippi Review Story Prize, fellowships from MacDowell, Sewannee, and NYC's The Center for Fiction, and has twice been featured on NPR's "Selected Shorts."

Formerly the associate editor of One Story and Catapult, she now teaches at NYU, The New School, and Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.

Marie-Helene Bertino

Books by Marie-Helene Bertino

by Marie-Helene Bertino - Fiction, Women's Fiction

The week of her wedding, The Bride is visited by a bird she recognizes as her dead grandmother because of the cornflower blue line beneath her eyes, her dubious expression, and the way she asks: What is the Internet? Her grandmother is a parakeet. She says not to get married. She says: Go and find your brother. In the days that follow, The Bride's march to the altar becomes a wild and increasingly fragmented, unstable journey that bends toward the surreal and forces her to confront matters long buried.

by Marie-Helene Bertino - Fiction

As three lost souls --- a smart-mouthed, rebellious nine-year-old; her fifth-grade teacher; and the owner of the legendary jazz club The Cat's Pajamas --- search for love, music and hope on the snow-covered streets of Philadelphia, together they will discover life’s endless possibilities over the course of one magical night.