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You want the kind of life you only see in the films. Everything you had has fallen apart, so you leave it behind to write your own script. One with all the drama and passion you can fit into your remaining years. It will be perfect because you can stand back and watch your life from a safe distance. That is until you find yourself too invested in the characters around you, and now you’re in it, and what you wanted isn’t at all what you thought it would be.
Theory of Dramatic Action
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.