How To Stop Loving Someone
Leapfrog Press
Joan Connor
“How to Stop Loving Someone”

“How to Stop Loving Someone” is from Joan Connor’s story collection of the same title (Leapfrog Press, 2011), winner of the press’ 2011 Fiction Contest.  Her earlier collection, History Lessons, won the 2002 AWP Award and earned a Pushcart Prize.  Her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.  Connor is Professor in Fiction Writing at Ohio University.  She lives in Athens, Ohio and Belmont, Vermont.


She had this to say about how she came to write “How to Stop Loving Someone:”  The story behind the story?  A disastrous love affair.  I decided to use the manual format for a comic touch, a way to manage the pain.  And the twelve steps seemed a good way to get over it.  I haven’t much more to say about it.


Publishers Weekly said this of the collection: “Sprightly, sanguine writing infuses these 13 tales of faulty love and fizzled connections with a compelling energy and likability.”

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