With dark humor, the recurring characters in Roberta Allen's stories see themselves and others through distorting mirrors. The pain of never quite connecting is thrown into shadow as they go about their everyday lives and try to recapture their youth.


“I love this book. The writer is always visible as one of the characters, trying to sort out reality and memory. She keeps collapsing her own life into her stories and in doing so creates a wonderful picture of the way our minds actually work. Everything merges and the act of writing and remembering is the real subject here.”Laurie Anderson


Language has been the focus of Roberta Allen's literary/innovative fiction and the inspiration for most of her conceptual art for many years. Her conceptual art, exhibited internationally, is in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as in many other public and private collections.

A Tennessee Williams Fellow in Fiction and a Yaddo Fellow, she is a short story writer, novelist and memoirist, with nine published books. She has taught at Columbia University, and for eighteen years at The New School.

More information can be found at www.robertaallen.com