My Life as a Silent Movie

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My Life as a Silent Movie

By Jesse Lee Kercheval

Indiana University Press, Paperback, 9780253010247, 220pp.

Publication Date: September 18, 2013


After losing her husband and daughter in an auto accident, 42-year-old Emma flies to Paris, discovers she has a twin brother whose existence she had not known about, and learns that her birth parents weren't the Americans who raised her, but a White Russian film star of the 1920s and a French Stalinist. A story about identity and the shaping function of art, My Life as a Silent Movie presents a vividly rendered world and poses provocative questions on the relationship of art to life.

About the Author
Jesse Lee Kercheval is the author of two books of fiction--a novel, "The Museum of Happiness", and a collection of stories, "The Dog Eater", winner of the prestigious AWP Award for Fiction. The recipient of fellowships from the NEA, Bread Loaf, and the Bunting Institute, she publishes her stories, articles, and poems in a broad range of literary magazines. She is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she lives with her husband and their young daughter.