April 28, 2000 Geneva, NY – Julie Schumacher, the author of The Body Is Water, will present a reading of her work at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith campus. The event is free and the public is invited.
The Body Is Water is the story of Jane Haus, who three months pregnant after a two-night stand, is suddenly adrift in her life, as another small life floats within her. After resigning her job teaching English, she returns home to confront her ambivalence about impending motherhood-drawn by an irresistible inner homing device to a ramshackle house on the New Jersey shore where she passed a tumultuous childhood. In this chaotic season of growth and change, Jane will seek an understanding of the mother she and her sister never knew…reaching out for the elusive solace only family can offer.
Schumacher is also the author of the short story collection An Explanation of Chaos. Her debut novel, The Body Is Water, was a finalist for the 1996 Earnest Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for First Fiction and an ALA Notable Book of the Year. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories and in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards anthology, as well as the Atlantic Monthly and other publications. Schumacher is an associate professor of English at the University of Minnesota and lives with her family in St. Paul.
The San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner called the novel “Deep and compelling…This beautifully written novel celebrates the rhythms of life-birth, death, and all the joys and heartaches in between…Julie Schumacher is a graceful writer, her prose echoes off the page.”
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