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Deborah Eisenberg

Deborah Eisenberg’s books include The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg (Picador, 2010), for which she won the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Her many other honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, the Rea Award for the Short Story, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and four O. Henry Awards. She teaches in the MFA program at Columbia University.


The Flaw in the Design

Winter 2006 | Fiction

The voice is exceptional, rich and graceful. I turn my head to look at him. Intent, reflective, he traces my brows with his finger, and then my mouth, as if I were a photograph he’s come across, mysteriously labeled in his own handwriting.