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Rachel Sherman
Rachel Sherman is the author of the novel LIVING ROOM and the book of short stories THE FIRST HURT. Her short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fence, Open City, Conjunctions, and n+1, among other publications. THE FIRST HURT was short-listed for the Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and was named one of the 25 Books to Remember in 2006 by the New York Public Library. She teaches writing at Rutgers and Columbia Universities, and for the Ditmas Writing Workshops in Brooklyn. She is also the "fiction expert" for

Entries by Rachel Sherman

Mothering Without a Past

(4) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 4:28 PM

When I was between the ages of 5 and 10, my mother and I often appeared on doorsteps. These doorsteps would lead to the inside of houses, where my mother's newest friend and her daughter (she always had a daughter) would be waiting. Once inside these strangers' homes, on the...

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DIY Ideas for Incorporating Children into Second Weddings

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 11:36 AM

A second marriage is different. It starts with a second wedding. This wedding is also different. First of all, you are an old hat. Second of all, much of the weight is (hopefully) lifted.

This was the case for me. With my first marriage, I was hoping...

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Letting My Daughter Quit: A Choose Your Own Adventure Story

(4) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 10:31 AM

First, there is the dance-gear.

Something is so satisfying about dressing your daughter up. Especially when she is too young to have a preference, and she is still mostly yours. Especially when her favorite color is still your favorite color; her interests are your own.


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The Real Cry: A Daughter's Expression Evolves

(3) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 7:03 PM

In the beginning there was the hungry cry. I remember it well. It began as almost a cough, and got quicker as my daughter's mouth got closer to my breast.

Then came the tired cry, which hinted of something bigger. But when she began to rub her eyes, it...

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Taking Words From My Mouth: A Mother/Daughter Story

(2) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 11:40 AM

When I was a baby, my mother told me, that my father fantasized that once I could talk, I would tell them all of the things I had been thinking from the time I could not.

"It's a nice idea," my mother had said.

And I agreed. It was...

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On Death And Daughters

(11) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 4:13 PM

When my new baby, after months of feeding off me from the inside, was born and reached out to me for nourishment in the world outside, I knew I would die. I thought about this as I slept sideways to breastfeed, smelling the smell of my daughter's milk breath, touching...

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