Rea Award for Short Story
Deborah Eisenberg

Deborah Eisenberg


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Deborah Eisenberg's webpage at Virginia University

Article about Deborah Eisenberg published in Washington University at St. Louis's newletter

Deborah Eisenberg is the author of three short story collections, Transactions in a Foreign Currency [1986], Under the 82nd Airborne [1992] and All Around Atlantis [1997]. Her work, The Stories (so Far) of Deborah Eisenberg, published by Noonday Press in 1997, combines the author's two earliest collections in one volume. Deborah Eisenberg is also the author of a play, Pastorale, which was produced by Second Stage in New York in 1982, and has written for The New Yorker, Bomb, and The Yale Review. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and three O. Henry Awards. She is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.

Deborah Eisenberg is consistently acclaimed for her strong portrayal of characters dealing with the confusion of modern life. She has written -- always subtly and profoundly - about a range of subjects, including our involvement in the governmental affairs for Central America, the influence that the Holocaust continues to exert on our consciousness, and the ways in which we, as adults, consistently ignore and misunderstand the fragility and complexity of our children.

The 2000 Rea Award jurors, Will Blythe, William H. Gass and Francine Prose, cited the following in regard to Deborah Eisenberg's writing:

    "At once expansive and compressed, generously compassionate and surgically precise, elegant and searing, Deborah Eisenberg's luminous fiction peels back the carapace of the visible world to reveal the secret layers and levels, the wonders of the parallel universe that underlie ordinary reality. Embracing poetry and philosophy, the grittiest political realities and the most exalted mysteries of the human heart, the grief of childhood and the consolations of retrospect, her collections - from the earliest, Transactions in a Foreign Currency, to the most recent, All Around Atlantis -- remind us (in case we need reminding) that the short story can be a capacious, as dense, as profound, and rewarding as the longest and most ambitious novel."

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