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Sheila Kohler

Sheila Kohler is the author of five novels: The Perfect Place, The House on R Street, Cracks, Children of Pithiviers, and Crossways, and three collections of short stories: Miracles in America, One Girl, and Stories from Another World. Kohler has been awarded the O. Henry, the Open Voice, and the Smart Family Foundation prizes and The Willa Cather Prize. Cracks was chosen by Library Journal and Newsday as one of the best books of 1999. Her work has appeared in The Antioch Review, The American Voice, The Best American Short Stories 1999, Fiction, Five Points, New Letters, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and The Yale Review, among others.

Persuasion

He called M.’s house on the island the day before, in the hopes of finding her there, and got no reply. Now he is leaving the place. He puts down his heavy suitcase full of books which he has carried…