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A book of histories found within objects: BookTrib talks to Aurelie Sheehan

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Aurelie Sheehan is the author of two novels and two collections of short stories—most recently, Jewelry Box: A Collection of Histories (BOA Editions, 2013). Her writing is funny, intimate, and occasionally mordant—like a conversation you wish to be included in. Sheehan has received a Pushcart Prize, a Camargo Fellowship, and the Jack Kerouac Literary Award. She teaches fiction at the University of Arizona in Tucson. You can learn more about her at www.aureliesheehan.com.   Can you explain the origin of Jewelry Box? I wrote Jewelry Box over many years, in rushes of inspiration, in between drafts of two or three novels and longer stories. It began like this: I had just finished a draft of The Anxiety of Everyday Objects [Penguin…

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