Other Fish in the Sea
By Lisa Kusel
(Hachette Books, Paperback, 9780786888023, 306pp.)
Publication Date: September 2003
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In the style of The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, interconnected stories about a restless and charming young woman looking for meaning and love. Elly Fisher is searching for her place in the world and for the love of her life. Leading us through these 10 interconnected stories, Elly links one intimate tale to the next as she drifts through Europe, sleeps with a married man, tangles with a roommate from hell, creates a stir on a cattle ranch in Colorado, answers singles ads from a Seattle newspaper, and more. Clever and original, Kusel offers readers a kaleidoscopic perspective of a young woman's life, told from many points of view and in the voices of several related characters. Each of the stories build upon one another to create an effect like that of a novel. What shines through is Elly's delightfully unique journey of self-discovery. Other Fish in the Sea is an intricate, involving, disarmingly funny, and powerfully personal work, in the tradition of Alice Munro and Lorrie Moore.
Lisa Kusel is the author of the story collection Other Fish in the Sea and the novel Hat Trick. She received her M.A. from Brown University and wrote for several web companies, including Microsoft, where she was co-creator and editor-in-chief of one of its first online magazines, Matter. She lives in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. Her website is www.lisakusel.com.