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Thisbe Nissen

Thisbe Nissen is the author of a novel, The Good People of New York (Knopf, 2001), and a collection of stories, Out of the Girls’ Room and into the Night (Iowa, 1999 / Anchor, 2000), winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award. She is also the coauthor of The Ex-Boyfriend Cookbook: They Came, They Cooked, They Left (But We Ended Up with Some Great Recipes) (HarperResource, 2002). Her new novel, Osprey Island, will be released by Knopf in June.


You Were My Favorite Scarecrow

Summer 2004 | Fiction

Calista Wertheim was, in her time—as most people are, in their times, I suppose—lovely. She had a propensity toward all things batik and slashed her way through life with that mane of frizzled yellow whipping behind her. Garry loved her, and I assume she him, with a devotion and a level-headedness I admire and understand. We were close friends, the four of us—Calista and Garry, me and Witold—for many, many years.