Dorene O'Brien


Dorene O’Brien a Detroit-based creative writing teacher and writer whose stories have won the Red Rock Review Mark Twain Award for Short Fiction, the Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award, the New Millennium Writings Fiction Prize, and the international Bridport Prize. She is also an NEA creative writing fellow and a Vermont Studio Center writing fellow. Her work has been nominated for two Pushcart prizes, has been published in special Kindle editions and has appeared in the Baltimore Review, Madison Review, Best of Carve Magazine, Short Story Review, Southern Humanities Review, Detroit Noir, Montreal Review, Passages North, and others. Voices of the Lost and Found, her first fiction collection, was a finalist for the Drake Emerging Writer Award and won the USA Best Book Award for Short Fiction. Her second collection, What It Might Feel Like to Hope, was named runner-up in the Mary Roberts Rinehart Fiction Prize and will be released this winter by Baobab Press. She is currently writing a literary/Sci-Fi hybrid novel.

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Ovenbirds and Other Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,600. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2018 by Wordrunner eChapbooks. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Literature » Literary
In this disturbing and powerful, sometimes bitingly funny, short story collection, award-winning author Dorene O’Brien explores the disasters and misadventures that shape or distort lives — among them the plight of a young girl held captive in a remote cabin, an elderly woman bewildered by dementia, a man who takes antidepressants to placate his overly-anxious wife, and more.

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