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About the Novella
Book Cover Blurbs
The stories in Susan Tepper's From the Umberplatzen will haunt you. They are short, sharp, and ruthless in their tender investigations of memory and loss. —
Susan Tepper knows extraordinary things about love, about its delicate negotiations and its quiet ravishments. She also is a master of the short short story form who has assembled forty eight stunning, small-scale stories into a brilliant mosaic of a novel. From the Umberplatzen is a dazzling artistic accomplishment. —
In these quasi-diary entries, Tepper allows the reader to thumb through an imagined ship's log to find that eternal sea in which Freud was most at home. This is a perceptive love story. — Simon Perchik, author of Hands Collected
Susan Tepper writes sparingly and makes every word count. Her vignettes in From the Umberplatzen add up to an insightful portrait of two lovers in a made-up place that comes off as strikingly real.
From the Umberplatzen is so beautifully written, I should be watching it on the big screen as a foreign film. Bravo Susan Tepper. This book is a gem! A book I will read over and over!
It´s a love story, one that reinforces my love for the "lies" of fiction, for they are more truthful than a "true" story can ever be. In one-page flashes that linger, Tepper tells her story. The simple typewriter typeface adds to the charm of this delicate yet strong little book. I note Robert Olen Butler´s words on the back cover and now understand what he meant when he said a story needed to have yearning. Thank you, Susan, for the story and the lesson.
What Readers Are Saying About
This book is exceptional! Could not put it down! The stories are brilliant and the love between these two characters is palpable! Another Susan Tepper masterpiece.
God this stuff is GREAT, a real hit if you ask me. Wonderful stories. It all adds up...to love, too!
It's a success in every way.
Interesting that 'hope' is what floated out from your writing. I mean, the story is about the end of a love affair, but I think it was the writing itself that gave me hope - hope that someone who can capture the world with sensitivity, originality, whimsey and wit will be published, will be read.
Your radiant little book arrived on xmas eve. How cool is that? But on xmas day, I had plenty of time and so was able to read From the Umberplatzen twice. 'Twas my 'xmas miracle'....
I just finished this little gem. I loved "Waterfalls" best of all the jewels in the book. From every angle, syntactically and visually, from the characterization of M through the metaphor of escape in his obsession with the kites to the ongoing conceit of her memories taking form as mailed objects of almost obsessive love, even the punctuation makes this a wonderfully realized whole.
An outstanding read, Susan. Moves so well - piece to piece. Great story.
I'm so thoroughly taken with this book – I read it cover to cover as soon as it arrived. An outstanding, fantastic read by Susan Tepper.