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Henry Alley

Henry Alley is a Professor of Literature in the Honors College at the University of Oregon. He has three published novels: Through Glass, The Lattice, and Umbrella of Glass. He is also author of the scholarly study, The Quest for Anonymity: The Novels of George Eliot, from University of Delaware Press. His stories have appeared over the past thirty years in such journals as Seattle Review, Cimarron Review, and Clackamus Literary Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. He has finished a new comic novel, Second Life, and his previously published CLR story, “Afternoons with Klaatu,” was taken from this book and nominated for the 2003 Pushcart Award.


The Facts of Life

Summer 2002 | Fiction

The idea was—when each of us boys in our family came of age—i.e., ten—my father was to take us on the Northcoast Limited back to Chicago and tell us the Facts of Life on the way.