Author Aurelie Sheehan blurs the lines separating fiction, memoir, and poetry in her latest collection of short stories, according to a recent New Letters review. Jewelry Box: A Collection of Histories focuses on "moments, on shards, on objects--like the jewelry box of the title story," says reviewer Jacqueline Kolosov. Sheehan finds a playfulness in the voice of each story, which often complicates the boundary between narrator and author. "'Story,' one of the most self-referential pieces, opens yet another window onto Sheehan's aesthetic: 'Some days it seems I have a lot to say, that life holds important and beautiful stories,' she confides. 'Other days, life isn't shaped like that--into stories and whatnot.' ... Cuts—the jagged edges—and 'all the hard, broken things' that remain—are fundamental to Jewelry Box. Enter the significance of the subtitle A Collection of Histories, and the ways in which histories can be both fictive and autobiographical." Perhaps most notable, though, is the collection's exploration of the relationship between nostalgia and object: "The jewelry box serves perfectly as a metaphor for a collection of histories composed of memories, objects, shards, 'all the hard, broken things' that we inevitably grow up and take possession of over a long period of time: a lifetime, no less, in which Sheehan and her multitude of narrators/voices reminds, we may never see 'the whole story.'" Click here to read the entire New Letters review. Jewelry Box is available now at the BOA Bookstore.
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