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If I'd Known You Were Coming
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In these twelve award-winning stories, Kate Milliken unflinchingly shows us what can happen when the uninvited guest of our darkest desires comes to call. Whether surrounded by the white noise of a Hollywood celebration or enduring a stark winter in Maine, the characters of If I’d Known You Were Coming yearn to heal old wounds with new hurts. With a wry wit and a keen eye for emotive detail, the author of this unforgettable collection sets intersections in motion that will leave you both winded and wanting more.
In one story, a mother, driven by greed, unwittingly finds out how far her needs will push her. A hand model surprises himself and everyone else at the birthday party of an old friend’s daughter in another. With poetic deftness, a woman evaluates the meaning, the familial stories, that we carry with us from birth. In a story ripped from the headlines, a woman pines for the legs her husband lost in a freak accident at a Santa Monica farmer's market. A medical clerk, restless and alone, takes advantage of a disabled neighbor.

Kate Milliken knows the ties that bind and how tautly we will pull them. These are stories about desire, betrayal, love, regret, and family. Like all great fiction, If I’d Known You Were Coming possesses that uncanny ability to reveal us to ourselves.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. A Matter of Time
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. Names for a Girl
  2. pp. 14-20
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  1. The Whole World
  2. pp. 21-37
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  1. Everything Looks Beautiful
  2. pp. 38-41
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  1. Parts of a Boat
  2. pp. 42-55
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  1. Man Down Below
  2. pp. 56-61
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  1. Blue
  2. pp. 62-79
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  1. Bottleneck
  2. pp. 80-87
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  1. The Rental
  2. pp. 88-100
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  1. Detour
  2. pp. 101-113
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  1. Sleight of Hand
  2. pp. 114-117
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  1. Inheritance
  2. pp. 118-134
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  1. Further Reading
  2. pp. 135-136
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