You May See A Stranger
“Dubrovnik 1989” is from Paula Whyman’s YOU MAY SEE A STRANGER (Triquarterly Books, 2016), a linked story collection that won praise from The New Yorker and a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Whyman was selected for “Best of 2016” lists including Chicago Review of Books and “35 Over 35,” as well as the first-ever Poets & Writers Magazine “5 Over 50” list.
Whyman’s writing has also appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly, Ploughshares, VQR, The Washington Post, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. She teaches in writers-in-schools programs through the Pen/Faulkner Foundation in Washington, DC, and The Hudson Review in Harlem and the Bronx, New York. She is a fellow of The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and a member of The MacDowell Colony Fellows Executive Committee.
A New Pages review called the collection “hauntingly universal” and “soul-stirring.”
Matthew Phipps, writing in the journal Blackbird, said of the collection’s protagonist, Miranda: “The later stories in this collection find Miranda returning to her own circles of compulsive worry and erotic imagination. This form–the collection of linked, chronological stories, all with the same narrator–effectively demonstrates the ways that Miranda herself is incapable of change over time, but even more interestingly, as in collections like Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteredge, it shows how Miranda’s inner hang-ups begin to permeate and define the lives of those around her.”