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“The Best Way Not to Freeze” by E.J. Levy

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She’s never been in love. In thirty-three years, she’s never taken a meaningful risk. She’s just too damn practical. When she meets Ben, she thinks all of this will change, but she can’t stop associating all the wrong things with love. She trusts him, she learns from him, but does she love him? Or is she just trying to hold onto someone? Something to keep her warm in a cold, lonely world.

The Best Way Not to Freeze

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About the Author
E.J. Levy’s writing has been featured in Best American Essays, The New York Times, and the Paris Review, among other publications, and has received a Pushcart Prize. Her debut story collection, Love, In Theory, won the 2012 Flannery O’Connor Award and the 2014 Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Award (previously awarded to Alice Munro and Louise Erdrich for first books); a French edition is forthcoming from Editions Rivages. Her anthology, Tasting Life Twice: Literary Lesbian Fiction by New American Writers, won a Lambda Literary Award. A graduate of Yale, she earned an MFA from Ohio State University, where she held a Presidential Fellowship; she teaches in the MFA Program at Colorado State University.
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