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Marie-Helene Bertino

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Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of Parakeet2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas, and the story collection Safe as Houses. She was the 2017 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellow in Cork, Ireland. Her work has received the O. Henry Prize, the Pushcart Prize, the Iowa Short Fiction Award, the Mississippi Review Story Prize, and fellowships from MacDowell, Sewanee, and New York City's Center for Fiction, and has twice been featured on NPR's Selected Shorts. She teaches creative writing at New York University and Yale University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Genres: Literary Fiction
New and upcoming books
   2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas (2014)
   Parakeet (2020)
   Beautyland (2024)
   Safe As Houses (2012)
   The Miraculous Mortal (2025)
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Novellas and Short Stories
Marie-Helene Bertino recommends
Daughter (2023)
Claudia Dey
"Daughter reads like a thrilling fever dream. Claudia Dey has figured out the recipe for a novel that becomes a climate, as immersive, honest, and addictive as family."
Old Flame (2023)
Molly Prentiss
"Molly Prentiss is a deeply empathic noticer who never fails to articulate the brutal, beautiful unseen elements of life. The kind of writing that elicits that involuntary kind of moan of recognition."
A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness (2023)
Jai Chakrabarti
"I meant to read only the first story of Jai Chakrabarti's masterful collection, A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness, but the characters quickly swept me away. They linger and charm, find and refuse their happinesses, parent themselves and others in endless, enigmatic ways. This is a collection that turns on breathtaking mettle and heart-rending delicacy. I can't imagine a reader who wouldn't find something precious in these pages."

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Books containing stories by Marie-Helene Bertino
Small Odysseys (2022)
Selected Shorts Presents 35 New Stories
edited by
Hannah Tinti

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