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Once into the Night

Aurelie Sheehan (author) Laird Hunt (Foreword by)

ISBN: 9781573660716

Publication Date: Apr 2019

Format: Paperback

Presents stories that explore the potent and captivating boundaries between the real and the imaginary. Winner of FC2's Catherine L. Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize.

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Winner of FC2's Catherine L. Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize.

Stories that explore the potent and captivating boundaries between the real and the imaginary.
Aurelie Sheehan's Once into the Night is a collection of 57 brief stories–a fictional autobiography made of assumed identities and what-ifs. What is the difference between fiction and a lie? These stories dwell in a netherworld between memory and the imagination, exploring the nature of truthtelling.

Here the inner life is granted pride of place with authenticity found in misremembered childhood notebooks, invisible tattoos, and the love life of icemen. Radical in its conception of story, this collection blurs the line between fiction, poetry, and essay, reconceiving contemporary autofiction in its own witty, poignant vernacular. The stories intersect with and deviate from a "provable" life–a twin distinction that becomes the source of their power.


Aurelie Sheehan must have gotten her poetic prose license at an elusive shop of glittering perceptions. Her enchantingly quirky, surprise-a-millisecond chapters are fabulous - I wished to go Two, Three, Many more times into the Night, but, alas, these original micro-stories of fables, foibles, and family ended quickly. Please pick them up where I left off, wishing to read them again. How did she do it? Aurelie Sheehan made Oscar Wilde wake Calvino with a start and a glass of bubbly - not in her book, but no kidding, Once into the Night propelled me with its witty, associative voice into a cosmos of magic and memory that I haven't experienced since those guys woke me with a start and a glass of . . ." - Jane Miller, author of Who Is Trixie the Trasher? and Other Questions

"Aurelie Sheehan writes eerie legends, intimate stories, and beguiling personal confessions that chase after the bottomless mystery inside our everyday lives. These are fictions stamped with truth, or they are true accounts suffused with the clear magic of fiction, crafted by a writer who is a gifted and lyrical seer, shrewdly attuned to what is most worth calling out from our complicated and contested reality." - Ben Marcus, author of Notes from the Fog
"With a casual and wounding intelligence presiding over every story, Once into the Night feels like a seance of emotions that you're sometimes embarrassed to be feeling, sometimes can't wait to feel again, and sometimes feel relieved to know that you can." - John D'Agata, author of About a Mountain
Imprint Fiction Collective 2
Pages 148
Dimensions 216 x 140
Date Published 30 Apr 2019
Publisher The University of Alabama Press
Subject/s Fiction  
Aurelie Sheehan is professor of creative writing at the University of Arizona. She is the author of Jewelry Box: A Collection of Histories and the novel History Lesson for Girls. Her work has appeared in Conjunctions, Mississippi Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and other journals.

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