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Thisbe Nissen

Biography

Thisbe Nissen

Thisbe Nissen is the author of a story collection, OUT OF THE GIRLS' ROOM AND INTO THE NIGHT, and two novels, THE GOOD PEOPLE OF NEW YORK and OSPREY ISLAND. Her fiction has been published in the Iowa Review and the American Scholar, among others, and her nonfiction has appeared in Vogue, Glamour and elsewhere. She teaches at Western Michigan University and lives in Battle Creek, Michigan, with her husband, writer Jay Baron Nicorvo, and their son.  

Thisbe Nissen

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by Thisbe Nissen - Fiction

In the space of a few torrid months on the Iowa prairie, Phillipa Maakestad --- long-married theater professor and mother of an unstable daughter --- grapples with a life turned upside down. After falling headlong into a passionate affair during a semester spent teaching in Ohio, Phillipa returns home to Iowa for her daughter Ginny’s wedding. There, Phillipa must endure (among other things) a wedding-day tornado, a menace of a mother-in-law who may or may not have been a Nazi collaborator, and the tragicomic revenge fantasies of her heretofore docile husband. Naturally, she does what any newly liberated woman would do: she takes a match to her life on the prairie and then steps back to survey the wreckage.