Dawn Raffel

The Secret Life of Objects

Dawn Raffel is the author of two story collections, Further Adventures in the Restless Universeand In the Year of Long Division, and a novel,Carrying the Body. Her fiction has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, BOMB, Conjunctions, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories,The Quarterly, NOON, The Antioch Review, and numerous other periodicals and anthologies. She has taught in the MFA program at Columbia University, and at Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Montreal; she’ll teach in Vilnius, Lithuania this summer. She is an editor at large for Reader’s Digest, and the editor of The Literarian, the online journal for the Center for Fiction.

Raffel is the author of The Secret Life of Objects

From the author

“I revise my work by reading it aloud. The composition generally moves forward only a few sentences at a time, and not until I am satisfied acoustically. I’m trying to achieve an emotional effect as much as a logical one, which makes cadence and musicality extremely important to me.  For Adventures, I deliberately moved away from the Byzantine structures of Carrying the Body, stripping the text way down, but the pulse remains critical. I give readings fairly often in New York—I feel my work is best received when heard.”

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