People I Wanted to Be

People I Wanted to Be

Gina Ochsner / Jun 05, 2020
People I Wanted to Be Gina Ochsner s award winning highly acclaimed stories have appeared in such publications as The New Yorker and The Best American Nonrequired Reading In her eagerly anticipated new collection Ochsner
  • Title: People I Wanted to Be
  • Author: Gina Ochsner
  • ISBN: 9780618563722
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gina Ochsner s award winning, highly acclaimed stories have appeared in such publications as The New Yorker and The Best American Nonrequired Reading In her eagerly anticipated new collection, Ochsner deftly examines the harrowing moments after a life or love slips away and discovers that the human heart can be large enough for anything.A Russian couple come to accept theGina Ochsner s award winning, highly acclaimed stories have appeared in such publications as The New Yorker and The Best American Nonrequired Reading In her eagerly anticipated new collection, Ochsner deftly examines the harrowing moments after a life or love slips away and discovers that the human heart can be large enough for anything.A Russian couple come to accept their infertility by bidding farewell tot he ghosts of the children they never had A disgruntled husband buys a talking bird that he hopes will restore love to his marriage Twin sisters learn to prepare bodies for burial in their Hungarian parents funeral home, but when faced with a death of their own, they must learn to prepare the soul Glowing with warmth and sparkling with imagination, these stories are rendered with a deep understanding of human resilience as well as an unerring belief in small, daily miracles.
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      • Gina Ochsner

        GINA OCHSNER is the author of two collections of short stories, People I Wanted to Be and The Necessary Grace to Fall, both of which won the Oregon Book Award Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Glimmer Train, and others She is a recipient of the Flannery OConnor Award, the Ruth Hindman Foundation Prize, Guggenheim and NEA Grants, and the Raymond Carver Prize She lives in Oregon.


    1. Such a beautiful collection of stories There is an extraordinary amount of musicality in Gina s prose her sentences, her words, just sing Favorite stories How One Carries Another, A Darkness Held, and When The Dark Is Light Enough.

    2. When I was little, I often fantasized about what my life would be like if I had been born Russian Apparently Gina Ochsner also has an Eastern European soul Her characters are Finnish, Polish, Hungarian, Russian, Czech Little miracles follow them around like bees.Her stories are magical, quirky and redeeming Everybody gets their comeuppance and the world remains just as flawed and beautifully perfect as we suspected it might be.I loved all of these stories, but especially the very first one, Arti [...]

    3. You know that feeling when you re reading the works of a really good story teller, the feeling that you re in good hands and are in for a real treat Skepticism that slowly grows into trust, trust that grows into expectation, expectation that grows into anticipation Gina Ochsner is a good and successful example of discovery of a favorite author through recommendation A friend recommended People I Wanted to Be long ago, and I was sufficiently intrigued by the title alone to want to read it People [...]

    4. Largely set in Eastern Europe, this tragicomic short fiction collection explores grief, love, and faith through the fascinating genre of magical realism Ghosts sneeze and animals speak Broken hearts are hurled over fences Drawings come rebelliously to life These are but a few of the enchanting happenings that propel Ochsner s characters into unforgettable quests for redemption Many of these stories read like modern fables and all of them thrum with the absurd beauty of the human imagination from [...]

    5. This collection is masterfully written, the stories full of nuance and moving between firm realism and supernatural gothic Regardless of the tone or themes of the individual stories, they are all incredibly evocative, playing on subtle emotional exchanges, often between lovers but not always None of the stories are repetitive, which I found remarkable, and a few are reasonably absurd and with the absurdity comes a dark kind of humor It really is a fantastic collection with a variety of types of [...]

    6. I like to read and support local fiction, so I picked up this collection of short stories by Oregon writer Gina Ochsner, her second Her first one, The Necessary Grace to Fall, I have not read, but apparently it won the Oregon Book Award.People I Wanted to Be didn t impress me much Ochsner writes, usually in the first person, very clear, direct prose, with little flair for physical description, despite the fact many of her stories take place in Siberia and other desolate Eastern European locales [...]

    7. I am somewhat conflicted about this book Gina Ochsner is a supremely gifted writer and I really liked her previous collection of stories, The Necessary Grace to Fall, a good deal I also have a personal connection with her, having crossed paths with her when we were both English majors at George Fox University n e College many many years ago So I am rooting for her to be successful However, I simply didn t connect with these stories as strongly as I did with those in the earlier volume.The book s [...]

    8. I forced my way through this hoping I d come upon one or two redeeming stories to make it all worthwhile In the end, a couple of stories stood out a bit but not enough to salvage the collection for me The prose was lyrical but the stories themselves just too detached and depressing and I like a good tragedy Honestly I couldn t figure out why most of the main characters hadn t just killed themselves already, and why any of them would want to bring children into their world And what was with half [...]

    9. 08 03 08TITLE AUTHOR PEOPLE I WANTED TO BE by Gina OchsnerRATING 4 BGENRE PUB DATE OF PGS Short Stories 2005 204 FIRST LINES From 1st story Articles of Faith The ghosts of the 3 children set up residence in the kataa next to the fishing rods burlap sacks of potatoes, behind the shovels rakesMENTS 06 07 08 purchase Discount Book Gallery Decatur for August discussion Well written, the 1st story was my favorite Not sure who of these characters the author would like to be they all seemed a bit sad l [...]

    10. These are terrific short stories by a gifted writer Because of the settings several of these stories are set in Russia or Latvia, or they have Eastern European cultural influences I thought Ochsner must be of EE origin Not so she s just an incredibly gifted writer who loves to research other cultures and render them in her stories Some stories are achingly sad and funny at the same time Almost all have a touch of magical realism, which she handles with skill.

    11. I liked the atmosphere that Ochsner created in her stories You were never sure quite what was happening, what was real, what was not And yet at no point did they spin off into realms of complete fantasy or horror It was as if she had peeled back the sheen of normality to expose the unusual that lies beneath everyday experiences I d love to see what she could do with a novel.

    12. i discovered ochsner from the nyer and captured this from one of her stories, can t remember which one as evening tipped into night, the moon roiled about as if cast on a fishing line though i already had an infant hangover threatening to cut its teeth, i kept on drinking vivid images, i am always impressed by such evocative writing i can t wait to read an entire piece.

    13. Read first 3 stories before the library demanded it back So magical and unsentimentally moving How One Carries Another has an odd resonance with Kieslowski s Double Life of Veronique the stranger leaving clues to a truth somehow inside of the self.

    14. This book justifies my insistence of always reading a book through to the end This book was a rough read until When the Dark Is Light From that point forward, the book was sooooo good it was worth all the torture that came before.

    15. this book had its moments of beauty but everything was so poignent and sad that it became depressing so in the end I have to say that I wasn t a huge fan.

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