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Praise for Carole Rosenthal’s short story collection, It Doesn’t Have to Be Me:

Brilliant, buoyant, and disturbing, Carole Rosenthal’s stories are about savvy characters who wear their insecurities like badges of honor. Written in a style that is often lush and comic, the stories in It Doesn’t Have to Be Me are psychological X-rays, sharply insightful and revealing.”

--Dalton Conley

Original and imaginative . . . Rosenthal explores ideas that would otherwise go unexamined, providing a fascinating glimpse of the fears that lurk beneath the surface of our everyday lives.”


These brief, often startling stories turn familiar urban situations into surreal moments of cautionary insight that will linger long in the reader’s mind. In Carole Rosenthal’s fictional universe stories lurch unpredictably into that haunting territory accessible only through the powers of imagination.”

--Alix Kates Shulman

What a distinctive offbeat voice! These stories are outrageous, funny, and always very, very serious.”

--Edith Konecky

In this generous collection of . . . wily narratives, the women, their partners, and their environments shift, evoking broad humor and decentering expectations of what women want and what women have . . . [An] affirmation that women’s desires are neither predictable nor irrelevant.”

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